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[poo r-im; Sephardic Hebrew poo-reem; Ashkenazic Hebrew poo r-im] /ˈpʊər ɪm; Sephardic Hebrew puˈrim; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈpʊər ɪm/
a Jewish festival celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Adar in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews in Persia from destruction by Haman.
Origin of Purim
< Hebrew pūrīm, plural of pūr lot Unabridged
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  • The origin of the Jewish feast and fast of Purim is still obscure.

  • The smacks pained, and the words "'Purim' presents" gnawed at my brain.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Nevertheless, he does not forget to send the teacher a "Purim" present.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • But he heeded them as little as Haman heeds the "Purim" rattles.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • "She doesn't seem to be satisfied with the 'Purim' present," I thought.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
British Dictionary definitions for Purim


/ˈpʊərɪm; Hebrew puːˈriːm/
a Jewish holiday celebrated on Adar 14, in February or March, and in Adar Sheni in leap years, to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the massacre planned for them by Haman (Esther 9)
Word Origin
Hebrew pūrīm, plural of pūr lot; from the casting of lots by Haman
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Word Origin and History for Purim

Jewish festival on the 14th of Adar (in commemoration of the defeat of Haman's plot), late 14c., from Hebrew purim, literally "lots" (plural of pur), identified with haggoral "the lot" (Esther iii:7, ix:24), perhaps from Akkadian puru "stone, urn," "which itself is prob. a loan word from Sumeric bur" [Klein].

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Purim in Culture
Purim [(poor-im)]

A Jewish festival celebrated each spring before Passover. It commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from wholesale slaughter by Haman. (See Esther.)

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