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[huh-gah-duh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-gaw-duh]
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.
  1. a book containing the liturgy for the Seder service on the Jewish festival of Passover.
  2. Aggadah.
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Origin of Haggadah

From Hebrew; see origin at Aggadah
Related formshag·gad·ic [huh-gad-ik, -gah-dik] /həˈgæd ɪk, -ˈgɑ dɪk/, hag·gad·i·cal, adjective


or Ag·ga·da, A·ga·da, Hag·ga·dah

[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh]
  1. 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.
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Origin of Aggadah

< Hebrew haggādhāh, derivative of higgīdh to narrate; see Haggadah
Related formsAg·gad·ic, ag·gad·ic [uh-gad-ik, uh-gah-dik] /əˈgæd ɪk, əˈgɑ dɪk/, adjective
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  • I asked my father the Four Questions, and we all recited the Haggadah together.

  • And Martha sought the mother and told her: "They are reading the Haggadah with six arms."


    Peter Rosegger

  • He came in with the question of the wicked child in the Haggadah: "What business is this of yours?"

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    Isaac Loeb Peretz

  • For he bent over his Haggadah, and tears flowed from his weary old eyes.

  • And it is quite true that whatever the Pharisees taught upon those subjects is found in the Haggadah and not in the Halachah.

British Dictionary definitions for haggadah



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
  1. another word for Aggadah
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Derived Formshaggadic (həˈɡædɪk, -ˈɡɑː-) or haggadical, adjective

Word Origin

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


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
  1. any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
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Also called: Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah

Word Origin

from Hebrew
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Word Origin and History for haggadah


1856, from Rabbinical Hebrew haggadhah, literally "tale," verbal noun from higgidh "to make clear, narrate, expound."

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