Adonai

Pronunciations

Adonai (ah-doh-NAI)
Adoshem (ah-doh-SHEM)

Definitions

  • "Literally, 'my Lord', another word for God." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Jewish blessings traditionally begin, 'Baruch Atah Adonai...' [Lit: "Blessed are you, God..."]"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • אֲדֹנָי
    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Adonoy, Adonay

Notes

  • This is how Jews pronounce the tetragrammaton (God's four-letter name) in the context of prayers and blessings. Observant Jews believe this word is never to be used outside of prayer.

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