Purim

noun

Pu·​rim ˈpu̇r-im How to pronounce Purim (audio)
ˈpyu̇r-,
-ˌēm;
pu̇-ˈrim,
pyu̇- How to pronounce Purim (audio) -ˈrēm How to pronounce Purim (audio)
: a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 14th of Adar in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews from the massacre plotted by Haman

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew pūrīm, literally, lots; from the casting of lots by Haman (Esther 9:24–26)

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Purim was in the 14th century

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“Purim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Purim. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

Purim

noun
: a Jewish holiday observed in February or March that celebrates the rescue of the Jews from a plot to massacre them
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