Hag·​ga·​dah hə-ˈgä-də How to pronounce Haggadah (audio)
variants or less commonly Haggada
plural Haggadahs or Haggadot also Haggadas or Haggadoth hə-ˈgä-ˌdōt How to pronounce Haggadah (audio)
: the book of readings for the seder service
hə-ˈgä-dik How to pronounce Haggadah (audio)
adjective often capitalized

Examples of Haggadah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Passages from the Haggadah, a formal Hebrew text, is also read during Seder, which retells the salvation and redemption of the ancient Israelites. Coleby Phillips, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2024 While this section of the Haggadah is associated with youngsters, might the children referred to here include people of all ages? Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 15 Jan. 2024 The Haggadah The Haggadah is the Passover book that everyone follows along with at dinner as the leader reclines. Holly Rizzuto Palker, Parents, 17 Sep. 2023 Other highlights include the reciting of the Haggadah (a detailed liturgy that describes the story of the Exodus), drinking four cups of wine or grape juice in celebration of freedom, and eating bitter herbs as a reminder of the bitter enslavement of the Israelites. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 24 Mar. 2023 Lane Turner/Globe Staff The 16 kindergarteners spent weeks customizing their personal Haggadah, the story that is recited during a Seder, in preparation for the event, Clevenger said. Claire Law, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Mar. 2023 Passover seders are steeped in rich, vibrant traditions that include reading aloud from the Haggadah and searching for the afikomen. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 7 Apr. 2023 But to the admiral, the Haggadah was like the NATOPS. Menachem Wecker, Sun Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 As Jews read from the Haggadah about how evil in every generation has tried to destroy them, antisemitism is rising to record levels today. Joe Biden, CNN, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Hebrew haggādhāh

First Known Use

circa 1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Haggadah was circa 1590

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