agunah

noun agu·nah \ˌä-gü-ˈnä, ä-ˈgü-nə\

Definition of agunah

plural

-s

Jewish law

  1. :  a woman whose husband has deserted her or has disappeared and who may not remarry until she gives proof of his death or obtains a bill of divorce

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Origin and Etymology of agunah

Hebrew ʽăghūnāh prevented, restrained (from remarrying)


First Known Use: circa 1901


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