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[muh-zoo z-uh; Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zah; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo -zuh] /məˈzʊz ə; Sephardic Hebrew mə zuˈzɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew məˈzʊ zə/
noun, plural mezuzoth, mezuzot, mezuzos
[Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo -zohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mə zuˈzɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew məˈzʊ zoʊs/ (Show IPA).
English, mezuzahs. Judaism.
a parchment scroll inscribed on one side with the Biblical passages Deut. 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and on the other side with the word Shaddai (a name applied to God), inserted in a small case or tube so that Shaddai is visible through an aperture in front, and attached by some Jews to the doorpost of the home.
Origin of mezuzah
First recorded in 1640-50, mezuzah is from the Hebrew word məzūzāh literally, doorpost Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mezuzah
Historical Examples
  • In his perturbation he even forgets to kiss the mezuzah on the doorpost.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • There they paused to kiss the divine name on the mezuzah of the door-post.

    The Imported Bridegroom Abraham Cahan
  • It was strange to me to live in a place in which every door-post bore a mezuzah.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for mezuzah


/məˈzʊzə; -ˈzuː-; Hebrew məzʊˈzɑ; Yiddish məˈzʊzə/
noun (Judaism) (pl) -zuzahs, -zuzoth (Hebrew) (-zuˈzɔt)
a piece of parchment inscribed with biblical passages and fixed to the doorpost of the rooms of a Jewish house
a metal case for such a parchment, sometimes worn as an ornament
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: doorpost
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mezuzah

1640s, from Hebrew, literally "doorpost."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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