Definition of naches in US English:


(also nachas)


  • 1Pride 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    1. 1.1 Congratulations.
      ‘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!’


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