av bet din


av bet din (ahv bet DEEN)
av bes din (ahv bays DEEN)


  • n. The title of the head of a Jewish court of law.

Example Sentences

  • "The Talmud quotes a tradition that even as early a personality as King Saul was the nasi, and his son Jonathan the av bet din." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אַב בֵּית דִּין av bet din 'father of the law court'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      av bes din, av beys din, av beis din

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