• n. A writ or deed of divorce.

Example Sentences

  • "David presented his wife, Rachel, with a get, permitting her to be with any man and divorcing her."

  • "Did he give her a get, or is he making problems?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Textual Hebrew


  • גט

    • Who Uses This

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


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings



  • plural: 'getn' or 'gitn'

    When a get is presented, the rules of adultery no longer apply to the couple. Traditionally, it is the husband who presents the writ to his wife.

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