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1. A rag.
2. An old or ragged garment.

[Yiddish shmate, from Polish szmata.]
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I'll live in the diaspora and sell all kinds of shmattes, souvenirs from the secular Zion, remnants of the city that rose from sand and to sand returned.
Leivick's Rags (Shmattes in Yiddish), and it premiered at Schwartz's Yiddish Art Theater in December 1921.
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Salt Fish & Shmattes: A History of the Jews in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1770.
Although it belongs to the standard vocabulary of American Yiddish, shmatte is actually derived from the Polish word szmata (a "rag," or piece of cloth).