Ag·​ga·​dah ə-ˈgä-də How to pronounce Aggadah (audio)
plural Aggadot ə-ˈgä-ˌdōt How to pronounce Aggadah (audio)
: ancient Jewish lore forming especially the nonlegal part of the Talmud

Word History


borrowed from Jewish Babylonian Aramaic aggādhāh & Mishnaic Hebrew haggādhāh, literally, "telling, tale, lesson"

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aggadah was in 1602

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Cite this Entry

“Aggadah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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