shalach monos

noun sha·lach mo·nos \ˌshäˌläḵˈmȯˌnōs, -nəs\
variants: or

shalach manoth

\ˌshäˌläḵˈmȯˌnōs, -nəs\

Definition of shalach monos

  1. 1 :  the exchange of gifts or the sending of gifts to the poor at the time of the Purim festival

  2. 2 :  a Purim gift consisting typically of cakes, confections, fruit, wine, or money

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Origin and Etymology of 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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a brief usually trivial fact

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