or Ma·so·ra, Mas·so·rah, Mas·so·ra

[ muh-sawr-uh, -sohr-uh ]
/ məˈsɔr ə, -ˈsoʊr ə /


a collection of critical and explanatory notes on the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, compiled from the 7th? to 10th centuries a.d. and traditionally accepted as an authoritative exegetic guide, chiefly in matters of pronunciation and grammar.

Origin of Masorah

From the Hebrew word māsōrāh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for masora

  • Masora is the technical term for the notes on the traditional Scripture text by the Fathers of the Synagogue.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History|Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
  • It is supposed that another work, called "The Masora," was also written at this time.

    "Granny's Chapters"|Lady Mary Ross

British Dictionary definitions for masora


Masorah, Massora or Massorah

/ (məˈsɔːrə) /


the text of the Hebrew Bible as officially revised by the Masoretes from the 6th to the 10th centuries ad, with critical notes and commentary
the collection of these notes, commentaries, etc

Word Origin for Masora

C17: from Hebrew: tradition
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