or me·gil·la

[ 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/.

  1. a lengthy, detailed explanation or account: Just give me the facts, not the whole megillah.
  2. 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.

Words nearby megillah

Origin of megillah

1950–55; < Yiddish megile literally, scroll < Hebrew məgillāh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for megilloth

/ (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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