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  1. Slavic Linguistics. either of two letters (ъ, ь) of the Cyrillic alphabet used, as in Old Church Slavonic, to indicate two short vowels, or, as in Russian, to indicate that the preceding consonant is hard or soft.Compare hard sign, soft sign.
  2. either of the short, lax vowels of Old Church Slavonic represented by these signs, front jer (ъ, usually transcribed as ĭ) and back jer (ь, usually transcribed as ŭ).
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Origin of jer

First recorded in 1755–65


  1. Bible. Jeremiah.
  2. Jersey.
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Examples from the Web for jer

Historical Examples of jer

  • "Some other time," said Jer, with a little pitying contempt.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • He is moved even to impatience, so that he wishes he had never been born, Jer 20, 14.

  • Such was the cup the Babylonians drained, as the prophet has it (Jer 25, 15-27).

  • The second passage in which the word kore is found occurs in Jer.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

  • This is strikingly shown by his piteous remark to them in Jer.

British Dictionary definitions for jer


abbreviation for
  1. Jeremiah
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