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[guh-mahr-uh; Sephardic Hebrew guh-mah-rah; Ashkenazic Hebrew guh-maw-ruh]
  1. the section of the Talmud consisting essentially of commentary on the Mishnah.
  2. the Talmud.
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Related formsGe·ma·ric, adjectiveGe·ma·rist, noun
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Historical Examples of gemara

  • It comprises the Mishna, which is the text; and the Gemara, its commentary.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Isaac D'Israeli

  • The Mishna forms the text, and the Gemara is annexed as the comment or glossary.

  • This development of the Mishnah is in each case called Gemara.

  • The difference between the two is exclusively in the Gemara.

  • The Gemara or Commentary is often overloaded with ineptitudes and ridiculous subtilties.

British Dictionary definitions for gemara


  1. Judaism the main body of the Talmud, consisting of a record of ancient rabbinical debates about the interpretation of the Mishna and constituting the primary source of Jewish religious lawSee also Talmud
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Derived FormsGemaric, adjectiveGemarist, noun

Word Origin for Gemara

C17: from Aramaic gemārā completion, from gemār to complete
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