variants or less commonly habdalah
often capitalized
: a Jewish ceremony marking the close of a Sabbath or holy day

Examples of havdalah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two weeks after losing my father-in-law, our friend (the wife of the lasagna-bearer) gave me the link to celebrate a havdalah at 8:15 p.m. with her wider Jewish community on Zoom. Sarah Ruhl, The Atlantic, 23 Apr. 2020 The family-friendly celebration will include a havdalah service, menorah lighting, the Hanukkah story and seasonal songs. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, 14 Dec. 2017

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Word History


Hebrew habhdālāh separation

First Known Use

1733, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of havdalah was in 1733

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“Havdalah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/havdalah. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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