seder (SAY-der)


  • order, orderliness, system, routine

  • A ceremony involving recitations, singing, food, and drink typically associated with Passover, but also with Tu B'shvat and Rosh Hashanah.

  • period for Torah study

  • The name for the six sections of the Mishnah.

Example Sentences

  • "Monday's Passover seder at the White House will be the fifth Obama has hosted. No, he's not Jewish, but he recently elaborated on why the story of the Exodus speaks to a universal 'yearning' – and to him personally." (

  • "The seder in yeshiva is: shachris, halacha, breakfast, chazora, shiur, lunch, mincha, musar, bekius, English, dinner, chumash, shmooze, lomdus, maariv." (Weiser)

  • "I usually do the Daf Yomi during our bekius seder." (Weiser)

  • "Seder Zra'im focuses on agricultural laws."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • סדר (order)

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • Great Britain
      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      saider, sayder, seider


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