afikomen (ah-fee-KOH-min) listen
afikomen (ah-fee-KYE-min) listen
afikomen (a-fi-KOH-men) listen
afikomen (ah-FEE-koh-MEEN) listen


  • n. A piece of matzah from the Pesach seder traditionally hidden by adults, found by the children (or vice versa), and then ransomed for gifts after the meal.

  • n. "The last piece of matzoh...eaten at the meal." (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "It's time to hide the afikomen!"

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Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • אפיקומן

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


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


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      afikoman, afikomin

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