Haggadah

[ huh-gah-duh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-gaw-duh ]
/ həˈgɑ də; Sephardic Hebrew hɑ gɑˈdɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew hɑˈgɔ də /

noun, plural Sephardic Hebrew Hag·ga·doth, Hag·ga·dot [hah-gah-dawt] /hɑ gɑˈdɔt/, Ashkenazic Hebrew Hag·ga·dos [hah-gaw-dohs] /hɑˈgɔ doʊs/, English Hag·ga·das.

a book containing the liturgy for the Seder service on the Jewish festival of Passover.

Origin of Haggadah

From Hebrew; see origin at Aggadah

Related forms

hag·gad·ic [huh-gad-ik, -gah-dik] /həˈgæd ɪk, -ˈgɑ dɪk/, hag·gad·i·cal, adjective

Definition for haggadah (2 of 2)

Aggadah

or Ag·ga·da, A·ga·da, Hag·ga·dah

[ Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɑˈdɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew əˈgɑ də /

noun

the nonlegal or narrative material, as parables, maxims, or anecdotes, in the Talmud and other rabbinical literature, serving either to illustrate the meaning or purpose of the law, custom, or Biblical passage being discussed or to introduce a different, unrelated topic.

Origin of Aggadah

< Hebrew haggādhāh, derivative of higgīdh to narrate; see Haggadah

Related forms

Ag·gad·ic, ag·gad·ic [uh-gad-ik, uh-gah-dik] /əˈgæd ɪk, əˈgɑ dɪk/, adjective
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Haggadah

Haggodoh

/ (həˈɡɑːdə, Hebrew haɡaˈdaː, -ɡɔˈdɔ) /

noun plural -dahs, -das or -doth (Hebrew -ˈdoːt) Judaism

  1. a book containing the order of service of the traditional Passover meal
  2. the narrative of the Exodus from Egypt that constitutes the main part of that serviceSee also Seder
another word for Aggadah

Derived Forms

haggadic (həˈɡædɪk, -ˈɡɑː-) or haggadical, adjective

Word Origin for Haggadah

C19: from Hebrew haggādāh a story, from hagged to tell

British Dictionary definitions for haggadah (2 of 2)

Aggadah

/ (əɡəˈda) /

noun plural Aggadoth (-ˈdɔːt, -ˈdəʊt) Judaism

  1. a homiletic passage of the Talmud
  2. collectively, the homiletic part of traditional Jewish literature, as contrasted with Halacha, consisting of elaborations on the biblical narratives or tales from the lives of the ancient Rabbis
any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
Also called: Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah

Word Origin for Aggadah

from Hebrew
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