n. "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
Heb ניגון nigún, Yiddish nígn
- 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).
Who Uses This
niggun, nigin, nigan, niggan, nign
Plural niggunim / nigunim.
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