n. A woman whose husband has refused her a get.
n. A woman who is unable to remarry, due to the fact that her husband is missing and it is not known whether her husband is alive or dead.
"The plight of agunahs has become a great concern to the Jewish community in recent years."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
עגונה 'lit. chained woman' (plural עגונות agunot)
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
Plural agunot / agunos or (nonstandard) agunas / agunahs.
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