Modern English-Yiddish Dictionary

Publisher: Schocken
The standard reference guide, with more than 20,000 entries ranging from colloquial to literary Yiddish, plus: a grammar guide, a pronunciation key, and instructions for usage
Dr. Uriel Weinreich’s Modern English-Yiddish Yiddish-English Dictionary has been praised by both scholars and Yiddish writers for its completeness, its remarkable insight into the meanings of Yiddish words and expressions, and its precise presentation of Yiddish grammar and pronunciation. It is the work of one of this century’s most admired scholars of Yiddish language and culture, and took twenty years to complete.
Comprehensive and reliable, the Modern English-Yiddish Yiddish-English Dictionary is the standard reference guide to contemporary Yiddish, an essential volume for the beginner and the expert alike.


“A book that ought to be owned by anyone who reads Yiddish.”
—Irving Howe
“By far the best dictionary of Yiddish, but even one of the most modern and scientific dictionaries in general.”
—Roman Jakobson
“I hope that all lovers of Yiddish and all those interested in our language will appreciate what Weinreich has done for them with competence and love.”
—Isaac Bashevis Singer