melaveh malkah

noun
me·​la·​veh mal·​kah | \ məˌlävəˈmälkə \
plural melaveh malkahs

Definition of melaveh malkah

: a traditional weekly ceremony observed chiefly by Hasidim on Saturday evening to bid farewell to the Queen Sabbath and marked by feasting, singing, dancing

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History and Etymology for melaveh malkah

Hebrew mĕlweh malkāh, literally, escorting the queen

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“Melaveh malkah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melaveh%20malkah. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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