shalach monos

sha·​lach mo·​nos
variants: or shalach manoth \ ˌshäˌläḵˈmȯˌnōs , -​nəs \

Definition of shalach monos

1 : the exchange of gifts or the sending of gifts to the poor at the time of the Purim festival
2 : a Purim gift consisting typically of cakes, confections, fruit, wine, or money

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History and Etymology for shalach monos

shalach monos from Yiddish shlakh mones, from Hebrew mishlōaḥ mānōth sending of portions; shalach manoth from New Hebrew shālaḥ mānōth, alteration of Hebrews mishlōaḥ mānōth

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“Shalach monos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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