[ Sephardic Hebrew, English ah-lee-ah; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-aw or, English, uh-lee-uh ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew, English ˌɑ liˈɑ; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ɑˈli ɔ or, English, əˈli ə /

noun, plural a·li·yahs, a·li·yos [ah-lee-yahz; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-lee-awz or, English, uh-lee-uh z] /ˌɑ liˈyɑz; for 1 also Ashkenazic Hebrew ɑˈli ɔz or, English, əˈli əz/, a·li·yot [Sephardic Hebrew ah-lee-awt] /Sephardic Hebrew ˌɑ liˈɔt/.

the act of proceeding to the reading table in a synagogue for the reading of a portion from the Torah.
the immigration of Jews to Israel, either as individuals or in groups.
any of the major waves of Jewish immigration to Palestine or Israel.

Origin of aliyah

From the Hebrew: word ʿăliyyāh literally, ascent, rise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for aliyos


noun Judaism

(aliˈja) plural -yoth (-ˈjɒt) immigration to the Holy Land
(əˈliːə) the honour of being called to read from the Torah

Word Origin for aliyah

from Hebrew, literally: act of going up, ascent
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