[ muh-gil-uh; for 2 also Sephardic Hebrew muh-gee-lah ]
/ məˈgɪl ə; for 2 also Sephardic Hebrew mə giˈlɑ /
noun, plural me·gil·lahs, Sephardic Hebrew me·gil·loth, me·gil·lot [muh-gee-lawt] /mə giˈlɔt/.
- a lengthy, detailed explanation or account: Just give me the facts, not the whole megillah.
- a lengthy and tediously complicated situation or matter.
(italics) Hebrew. a scroll, especially one containing the Book of Esther. Others are the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, the Book of Ruth, and the Book of Lamentations.
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Origin of megillah
1950–55; < Yiddish megile literally, scroll < Hebrew məgillāh
Words nearby megillah
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Example sentences from the Web for megillah
We fasted for Yom Kippur, read from the Megillah for Purim, and said bruchas over every meal.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison|Daniel Genis|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thus he never had to read the Megillah nor drink to celebrate an act of bloody revenge.
British Dictionary definitions for megillah
/ (məˈɡɪlə, Hebrew miɡiˈla) /
noun plural -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -ˈlɔt) Judaism
a scroll of the Book of Esther, read on the festival of Purim
a scroll of the Book of Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, or Ecclesiastes
slang anything, such as a story or letter, that is too long or unduly drawn out
Word Origin for megillah
Hebrew: scroll, from galal to roll
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