tenaim

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
te·​na·​im
variants: or tnaim \ təˈnä(y)ə̇m , -​ēm ; təˌnäˈēm \ or less commonly tnoyim \ -​təˈnȯi(y)ə̇m , -​ēm \

Definition of tenaim

1 : formal prenuptial conditions or agreement made at a Jewish betrothal ceremony
2 : a Jewish social function announcing an engagement

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History and Etymology for tenaim

Yiddish tnoyim, from Late Hebrew tĕnā'īm, from plural of tĕnā'ī agreement

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“Tenaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenaim. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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