Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Excessively sentimental art or music.
  • n. Informal Maudlin sentimentality.
  • n. Liquid fat, especially chicken fat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Liquid chickenfat.
  • n. Excessively sentimental art or music.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Yiddish) excessive sentimentality in art or music

Etymologies

Yiddish shmalts, animal fat, sentimentality, from Middle High German smalz, animal fat, from Old High German; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish שמאַלץ (shmalts) or German Schmalz. (Wiktionary)

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  • Literally means melted chicken fat.

    April 6, 2009