Adar

Alternative Spellings

Addar, Odar, Oder, Odder, Oddar

Definitions

  • The sixth month of the Jewish calendar year.

Example Sentences

  • "Adar is my favorite Jewish month because we celebrate Purim!"
  • "When Adar comes in, it's time to make merry." (Talmud Megilla, qtd in Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

אדר Adar 'sixth month of the Jewish calendar'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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