hakdama

Pronunciations

hakdama (hahk-duh-MAH) listen

Definitions

  • n. Introduction or preface (to a book).

Example Sentences

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • הקדמה hakdamá (Israeli/Sephardic), hakdóme, hakdúme (Ashkenazic/Yiddish)

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      hakdomah, hakdoma, hakduma, hakdamah

Notes

  • Sometimes used synonymously with haskama or haskoma (הסכמה), a rabbi's note of approbation at the front of a book.

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