gadol

Pronunciations

gadol (gah-DOHL)
gadol (GUH-dohl)

Definitions

  • n. 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      godol, godl

Notes

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

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