me·​zu·​zah mə-ˈzu̇-zə How to pronounce mezuzah (audio)
variants or mezuza
plural mezuzahs or mezuzas or mezuzot mə-ˈzu̇-ˌzōt How to pronounce mezuzah (audio)
: a small parchment scroll inscribed with Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and the name Shaddai and placed in a case fixed to the doorpost by some Jewish families as a sign and reminder of their faith
also : such a scroll and its case

Examples of mezuzah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Nevada, there are Jews who have hidden any signs of their faith, painting over the mezuzahs that hang outside their homes. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 His explanation of a mezuzah to the handyman preparing to install one outside Larry’s front door is a practical blasphemy. Wesley Morris Ron Butler Emma Kehlbeck Ted Blaisdell, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Other combatants travel with mezuzahs, small boxes containing biblical Scriptures meant to be hung outside Jewish residences, to affix to Palestinian homes. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Some have sought her advice about the safety of keeping their mezuzahs publicly displayed on their doorposts and about discussing Israel with their non-Jewish relatives. Jacob Gurvis, Sun Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 Rosenthal has also removed mezuzahs from her property. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Price at time of publish: $20 A mezuzah is a small, decorative case placed in Jewish homes that shows that Jews live there. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 The family had mezuzahs, which are pieces of parchment inscribed with Hebrew verse from the Torah, on their doors, police said. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 26 Oct. 2023 His most popular TikTok videos are on subjects such as how to put on a prayer shawl or hang up a mezuzah. Ingrid Ahlgren, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 July 2023

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Word History


Hebrew mĕzūzāh doorpost

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mezuzah was in 1650

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“Mezuzah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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variants or mezuza
plural mezuzahs or mezuzas or mezuzot -ˌōt How to pronounce mezuzah (audio)
: a small scroll of parchment inscribed with two passages from Deuteronomy and the name Shaddai (the Almighty) and placed in a case that is attached to the doorjamb by some Jewish families as a sign and reminder of their faith
also : such a scroll and case

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