Definition of phylactery
1 : either of two small square leather boxes containing slips inscribed with scriptural passages and traditionally worn on the left arm and on the head by observant Jewish men and especially adherents of Orthodox Judaism during morning weekday prayers
2 : amulet
Examples of phylactery in a Sentence
he wore a small phylactery on a cord around his neck
Recent Examples of phylactery from the Web
Beit El’s other concerns are small-scale by comparison: a factory for tefillin, or phylacteries; a bakeshop called Herby’s; and some workshops for aluminum and carpentry.
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Origin and Etymology of phylactery
Middle English philaterie, from Medieval Latin philaterium, alteration of Late Latin phylacterium, from Greek phylaktērion amulet, phylactery, from phylassein to guard, from phylak-, phylax guard
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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