Definition of mamzer
1 : a child of a union not sanctioned by biblical law as interpreted by the rabbis
2 [Yiddish mamzer, from Hebrew mamzēr] : a child born out of wedlock
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Origin and Etymology of mamzer
Late Latin mamzer, from Hebrew mamzēr
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