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[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English kuh-too-buh; Sephardic Hebrew kuh-too-bah]
noun, plural ke·tu·both, ke·tu·bot, ke·tu·bos [Ashkenazic Hebrew kuh-too-bohs; Sephardic Hebrew kuh-too-bawt] /Ashkenazic Hebrew kəˈtu boʊs; Sephardic Hebrew kə tuˈbɔt/, English ke·tu·bahs. Hebrew.
  1. the formal contract in a Jewish religious marriage that includes specific financial protection for the wife in the event that the husband dies or divorces her.
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Origin of ketubah

kəthubbāh literally, something written
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Examples from the Web for ketubah

Historical Examples

  • The ketubah was the document of a "gift on account of nuptials to be celebrated."


    William Graham Sumner

  • His duties toward her are set forth in detail in the usual form of the Ketubah.

    Women's Wild Oats

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for ketubah


  1. Judaism the contract that states the obligations within Jewish marriage
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Word Origin

from Hebrew, literally: document
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