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Sunday, January 30

Naches

[NAKH-əs]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Yiddish, early 20th century

1.

Pride or gratification, especially at the achievements of one’s children.

2.

Congratulations.

Examples of Naches in a sentence

"Seeing his son perform well on the football field gave Joel a real sense of naches."

"Sarah gave naches to her son for his acceptance into Yale."

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About Naches

"Naches” comes from early 20th century Yiddish. It has its roots in the Hebrew word “nahaṯ,” meaning “contentment.”

Did you Know?

Like many words borrowed from other languages, “naches” lacks a precise equivalent word in English. Whilst in American usage the definition given is correct, in Yiddish it’s a unique mixture of pride, joy, and gratification.

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