Adonai (ah-doh-NEYE) listen
Adoshem (ah-doh-SHEM) listen
Adonai (ah-duh-NOY) listen


  • n. Literally, 'my Lord'; a name for God.

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אֲדֹנָי

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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


  • 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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