Alternative Spellings

niggun, nigin, nigan, niggan, nign


  • "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 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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