te·​fil·​lin | \ tē-ˈfi-lən also -ləm How to pronounce tefillin (audio) \

Definition of tefillin

: the phylacteries worn by Jews

First Known Use of tefillin

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tefillin

Late Hebrew tĕphīlīn, from Aramaic, attachments

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“Tefillin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tefillin. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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