magen david

Alternative Spellings

mogen dovid

Definitions

  • "star of david", a symbol that has commonly been associated with Jews and Judaism; [lit. "shield of david"]

Example Sentences

  • "She wears her magen david necklace as a way to self-identify with the Jewish people."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

מגן דוד

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
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).

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