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Yahr•zeit  (yärtsīt, yôr-),USA pronunciation n. [Judaism.]
  1. Judaismthe anniversary of the death of a parent, sibling, child, or spouse, observed by lighting a memorial lamp or candle the night before and reciting the Kaddish at the evening service of the day before and at the morning and afternoon services of the day itself.
Also,  Jahrzeit. 
  • Yiddish yortsayt, equivalent. to yor year + tsayt time (see tide1); compare Middle High German jārzīt anniversary
  • 1850–55

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