Definition of naches in English:



(also nachas)
  • 1US Pride or gratification, especially at the achievements of one's children.

    ‘Praying together with him not only gave him a lot of naches, but it did the same for me.’
    • ‘Nu, it gives us such nachas to see that this city's true paper of record is finally recognizing Jews' valuable contribution to the city!’
    • ‘But our nachas isn't going to come from our son doing better than others; it will come from his striving to attain personal milestones as he works hard to fulfill his unique potential.’
    1. 1.1Congratulations.
      ‘naches to Miriam on her acceptance into rabbinic school’
      • ‘Thank you Rabbi, and many nachas to you and your family.’
      • ‘Mazels and Naches to you Rabbi Lamm!’



/ˈnäkes/ /ˈnɑkɛs/


Early 20th century from Yiddish nakhes, from Hebrew naḥaṯ ‘contentment’.