wailing wall

noun

Definition of wailing wall

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

First Known Use of wailing wall

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wailing wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wailing%20wall. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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