[ er-ev; English er-uhv ]
/ ˈɛr ɛv; English ˈɛr əv /
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the day before a Jewish holiday or the Jewish Sabbath: Erev Yom Kippur.
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First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
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Origin of erev
ʿerebh literally, eve, evening
Words nearby erev
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Example sentences from the Web for erev
It was Erev Yom Kippur [the night before Yom Kippur] and that was an amazing dinner.
Indeed, I never enjoyed myself so much as on this Erev Passover.Pictures of Jewish Home-Life Fifty Years Ago|Hannah Trager
It was Erev Yomtov (the day before the holiday), and no washing was to be had.Ghetto Comedies|Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for erev
/ (ˈɛrɛv) /
(in combination) Judaism the day before; the eve oferev Shabbat (the Sabbath eve, i.e., Friday); erev Pesach (the day before Passover)
Word Origin for erev
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