Adon Olam


Adon Olam (ah-DOHN oh-LAM) listen


  • n. A hymn in the traditional Jewish liturgy, usually recited before Shacharit and often sung after services in synagogue, made up of traits attributed to God.

Example Sentences

  • "Finally, we're done with services, lets sing Adon Olam and go to kiddush!"

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "Before we conclude with Adon Olam, I have a few announcements to make." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אדון עולם 'Master of the world'

    • Who Uses This

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


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      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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