wailing wall

noun

1
capitalized : a surviving section of the wall which in ancient times formed a part of the enclosure of Herod's temple near the Holy of Holies and at which Jews traditionally gather for prayer and religious lament
2
: a source of comfort and consolation in misfortune

Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wailing wall was in 1890

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“Wailing wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wailing%20wall. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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