matanot la-evyonim


  • n. Charity to the needy that are given on Purim.

Example Sentences

  • "I'm putting aside $50 to do matanot la-evyonim on Purim." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH מתנות לאביונים matanot la'evyonim 'gifts for the poor' > Y מתונס לאביון matonos laevyon 'gifts for the paupers'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings

      matones lo-evyohnim, matonos loevyonim, matanot la'evyonim


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