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[huh-gah-duh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-gaw-duh] /həˈgɑ də; Sephardic Hebrew hɑ gɑˈdɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew hɑˈgɔ də/
noun, plural Sephardic Hebrew, Haggadoth, Haggadot
[hah-gah-dawt] /hɑ gɑˈdɔt/ (Show IPA).
Ashkenazic Hebrew, Haggados
[hah-gaw-dohs] /hɑˈgɔ doʊs/ (Show IPA).
English, Haggadas.
a book containing the liturgy for the Seder service on the Jewish festival of Passover.
Origin of Haggadah
From Hebrew; See origin at Aggadah
Related forms
[huh-gad-ik, -gah-dik] /həˈgæd ɪk, -ˈgɑ dɪk/ (Show IPA),
haggadical, adjective


or Aggada, Agada, Haggadah

[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh] /Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɑˈdɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew əˈgɑ də/
the nonlegal or narrative material, as parables, maxims, or anecdotes, in the Talmud and other rabbinical literature, serving either to illustrate the meaning or purpose of the law, custom, or Biblical passage being discussed or to introduce a different, unrelated topic.
< Hebrew haggādhāh, derivative of higgīdh to narrate; see Haggadah
Related forms
Aggadic, aggadic
[uh-gad-ik, uh-gah-dik] /əˈgæd ɪk, əˈgɑ dɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Haggadah
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  • I asked my father the Four Questions, and we all recited the Haggadah together.

    Yiddish Tales Various
  • And Martha sought the mother and told her: "They are reading the Haggadah with six arms."


    Peter Rosegger
  • He came in with the question of the wicked child in the Haggadah: "What business is this of yours?"

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • For he bent over his Haggadah, and tears flowed from his weary old eyes.

  • And it is quite true that whatever the Pharisees taught upon those subjects is found in the Haggadah and not in the Halachah.

  • I have said that Haggadah is interpretation of Scripture in all directions except that of precept.

  • A connection of some kind there always is between Scripture and Haggadah; but it is sometimes extremely slight.

  • No freak of allegory, of word-play, of fantastic juggling with letters and syllables, is without illustration in the Haggadah.

  • It is mainly for the sake of this inquiry that I have given the foregoing explanation of the nature and intention of Haggadah.

British Dictionary definitions for Haggadah


/həˈɡɑːdə; Hebrew haɡaˈdaː; -ɡɔˈdɔ/
noun (Judaism) (pl) -dahs, -das, -doth (Hebrew) (-ˈdoːt)
  1. a book containing the order of service of the traditional Passover meal
  2. the narrative of the Exodus from Egypt that constitutes the main part of that service See also Seder
another word for Aggadah
Derived Forms
haggadic (həˈɡædɪk; -ˈɡɑː-), haggadical, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Hebrew haggādāh a story, from hagged to tell


noun (Judaism) (pl) Aggadoth (-ˈdɔːt; -ˈdəʊt)
  1. a homiletic passage of the Talmud
  2. collectively, the homiletic part of traditional Jewish literature, as contrasted with Halacha, consisting of elaborations on the biblical narratives or tales from the lives of the ancient Rabbis
any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
Also called Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah
Word Origin
from Hebrew
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Word Origin and History for Haggadah



1856, from Rabbinical Hebrew haggadhah, literally "tale," verbal noun from higgidh "to make clear, narrate, expound."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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