1850–55; < Yiddish yortsayt, equivalent to yor year + tsayt time (see tide1); compare Middle High German jārzīt anniversary (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 18th century (in the form yorsite): from Yiddish yortsayt from German Jahrzeit ‘anniversary, specifically of a person's death’. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Yahrzeit
the 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.
Judaism the anniversary of the death of a close relative, on which it is customary to kindle a light and recite the Kaddish and also, in some communities, to observe a fast
(among Jews) the anniversary of the death of a parent or other close relative, marked by the burning of a memorial candle.
: the anniversary of the death of a parent or near relative observed annually among Jews by the recital of the Kaddish and the lighting of a memorial candle or lamp
Example sentences for Yahrzeit
There would be no Yahrzeit light burning for twenty-four hours.
"I have 'Yahrzeit' for my mother," explained Jo Lewis, glancing toward the taper after greeting his visitors.