iyun

Alternative Spellings

iyyun

Definitions

  • study, "examination of sources to develop a coherent, educated opinion" (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "Which maggidei shiur give clear, slowly-spoken iyun shiurim?" (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/clear-easy-to-understand-maggidei-shiur)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

עיון Post-Biblical Hebrew iyyun: 'consideration, deliberation'; Yiddish iyen 'attention, concentration'.

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Used especially in the expressions "Yom Iyun" (day of study), which likely comes from Modern Hebrew, and "iyun shiur" (lecture based on a close examination of traditional texts). See also be'iyun.

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