• n. (the Mossad) The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations; the national intelligence agency of the State of Israel.

  • n. (mosad) An institute, agency.

Example Sentences

  • "The Mossad has also played a role in thwarting terrorist attacks in other countries. For example, the Mossad informed the FBI and CIA in August 2001 that as many as 200 terrorists were slipping into the United States and planning 'a major assault on the United States.'" (source)

  • "Mommy, Ruthie says her Daddy works for Mosad. What's that?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • first sense: מוסד mosád 'institute'

    second sense: מוסד mosád; short for המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים hamosád lemodi'ín uletafkidím meyukhadím, lit. 'the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      mossad, Mosad, mosad


  • plural: 'mosadot'

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