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) \

Definition of Purim

: a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 14th of Adar in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews from the massacre plotted by Haman

First Known Use of Purim

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Purim

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

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“Purim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Purim. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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