• n. "A wordless melody; a tune." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "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


      • North America


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      niggun, nigin, nigan, niggan, nign


  • Plural niggunim / nigunim.

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