n. Literally "big," refers to particularly well respected rabbis; "luminary." (Weiser)
"He is really a godol in our community."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb גדול gadól 'big', Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb גדול gódl 'prominent man, scholar' (plural גדולים gdóylim)
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
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