Definition of Shammes

1. Noun. A sexton in a synagogue ¹

2. Noun. The candle used to light the other eight candles of a Hanukkah menorah. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shammes

1. a minor official of a synagogue [n -MOSIM]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shammes

shameth
shami kebab
shamiana
shamianas
shaming
shamingly
shamisen
shamisens
shammas
shammash
shammashim
shammasim
shammed
shammer
shammers
shammied
shammies
shamming
shammos
shammosim
shammy
shammy leather
shammying
shamois
shamos
shamosim
shamoy
shamoyed
shamoying

Literary usage of Shammes

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1. The Sabbath-School Hymnal; a Collection of Songs, Services and Responsive by Isaac S. Moses (1906)
"... the following eight children each kindling one light after reciting th« verse: the last speaker receiving and replacing the "shammes" in its position. ..."

2. History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, from the Earliest Times Until the by Simon Dubnow (1920)
"In one synagogue, tire old shammes (beadle), arrayed in his prayer-shawl, and shielding with his body the Ark containing the sacred scrolls, was savagely ..."

3. History of the Jews in Russia and Poland, from the Earliest Times Until the by Simon Dubnow (1916)
"... coming from the Jewish rank and file, are constantly heard about the oppression of the Kahal [1 Generally pronounced shammes.] 1 See p. 3 '7. ..."

4. The Knickerbocker; Or, New York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew, Timothy Flint, Washington Irving (1841)
"Carriages, by thousands, iu a line, loaded with the food of armies; oxen, by ten* of thousands, moving westward to the general shamMes; tumbrils, artillery, ..."

5. Fraser's Magazine (1876)
"... Til out sange Johan, ' These ben awfull shammes.' •"Nay, if so be it that I speke theo ..."

6. Exploring and Travelling Three Thousand Miles Through Brazil from Rio de by James William Wells (1887)
"... men ! hurry up ! hurry up ! let us be off! it is already night! Let us dine, Senhor shammes, leave off writing), he impatiently calls, for the departing ..."

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