prutah

Pronunciations

prutah (PROO-tuh)

Definitions

  • n. Two cents (fig.)

  • n. Small change.

Example Sentences

  • "Can I can add my prutah to this discussion?"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Aramaic
  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • פרוטה prutah used in Rabbinic literature to refer to money generally, to a coin worth 1/8 of an Issar, and as a legal valuation of worth (Jastrow, 1926, p. 1219); שווה פרוטה shaveh prutah 'a prutah's worth,' a halachic category for the minimum value of a legal transaction

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • Australia / New Zealand
      • South Africa
      • Great Britain
      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      shave prutah, shave pruta, shavah prutah, shavah pruta, shava prutah, pruta, shava pruta, shaveh prutah, shaveh pruta

Notes

  • The prutah was the smallest denomination of money during the Second Temple Period in Ancient Israel and also in the early days of the State of Israel (until 1960).

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