gadol

Alternative Spellings

godol, godl

Definitions

  • literally "big," refers to particularly well respected rabbis; "luminary" (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "He is really a godol in our community."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

Heb גדול gadól 'big', Yiddish/Ashkenazi Heb גדול gódl 'prominent man, scholar' (plural גדולים gdóylim)

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

used mostly by Haredi Litvish Jews, with stress on the first syllable

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