[ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English mah-gid; Sephardic Hebrew mah-geed ]

noun,plural mag·gi·dim [Ashkenazic Hebrew mah-gee-dim; Sephardic Hebrew mah-gee-deem], /Ashkenazic Hebrew mɑˈgi dɪm; Sephardic Hebrew mɑ giˈdim/, mag·gids.Judaism.
  1. (especially in Poland and Russia) a wandering Jewish preacher whose sermons contained religious and moral instruction and words of comfort and hope.

Origin of maggid

First recorded in 1890–95, maggid is from the Hebrew word maggīdh literally, narrator, messenger

Words Nearby maggid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use maggid in a sentence

  • The schoolmaster wrote out the envelope, as usual, but the maggid did not post the letter.

    Ghetto Tragedies | Israel Zangwill
  • Poor Caminski fell into it—you remember the red-haired weaver who sold his looms to the maggid's brother-in-law.

    Ghetto Tragedies | Israel Zangwill
  • After his wife died—vainly calling for her Isaac—the old maggid was left heart-broken.

    Ghetto Tragedies | Israel Zangwill
  • How the maggid would have been stricken to the heart to know that Isaac now heard these legends with inverted sympathies!

    Ghetto Tragedies | Israel Zangwill
  • He went straight to his old synagogue, where he knew a Hesped or funeral service on a famous maggid (preacher) was to be held.