niggun, nigin, nigan, niggan, nign
- "A wordless melody; a tune" (JPS)
- "Before we begin the service, I will teach you a nigun that will carry on the melody throughout the rest of the prayers."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb ניגון nigún, Yiddish nígn
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
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