Purim

Definitions

  • A joyous holiday that takes place in February or March on the 14th of Adar, retelling the story of the Book of Esther.

Example Sentences

  • Which do they start with- the Purim shpiel or Megillat Esther?

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

פּורים

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

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

Notes

Often, people dress up in costumes and have parties.

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