agu·​nah | \ ˌä-gü-ˈnä, ä-ˈgü-nə \
plural -s

Definition of agunah

Jewish law
: 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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First Known Use of agunah

circa 1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agunah

Hebrew ʽăghūnāh prevented, restrained (from remarrying)

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The first known use of agunah was circa 1901

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“Agunah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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