shatnez

Alternative Spellings

sha'atnez, shatnes

Definitions

  • mixture of wool and linen in a garment, which is prohibited by Jewish law

Example Sentences

  • Did you take your suit to the shatnez checker?

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

שעטנז

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Prohibited by Lev. 19:19 and Deut. 22:9-11. Observant Jews have their garments ritually checked for shatnez content.

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