[ muh-zoo z-uh; Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zah; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo -zuh ]
/ məˈzʊz ə; Sephardic Hebrew mə zuˈzɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew məˈzʊ zə /
noun, plural me·zu·zoth, me·zu·zot, me·zu·zos [Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo -zohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mə zuˈzɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew məˈzʊ zoʊs/; English me·zu·zahs. Judaism.
a parchment scroll inscribed on one side with the Biblical passages Deut. 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and on the other side with the word Shaddai (a name applied to God), inserted in a small case or tube so that Shaddai is visible through an aperture in front, and attached by some Jews to the doorpost of the home.
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Origin of mezuzah
First recorded in 1640–50, mezuzah is from the Hebrew word məzūzāh literally, doorpost
Words nearby mezuzah
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Example sentences from the Web for mezuzah
There they paused to kiss the divine name on the Mezuzah of the door-post.The Imported Bridegroom|Abraham Cahan
It was strange to me to live in a place in which every door-post bore a Mezuzah.Ghetto Tragedies|Israel Zangwill
In his perturbation he even forgets to kiss the mezuzah on the doorpost.The Promised Land|Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for mezuzah
/ (məˈzʊzə, -ˈzuː-, Hebrew məzʊˈzɑ, Yiddish məˈzʊzə) /
noun plural -zuzahs or -zuzoth (Hebrew -zuˈzɔt) Judaism
a piece of parchment inscribed with biblical passages and fixed to the doorpost of the rooms of a Jewish house
a metal case for such a parchment, sometimes worn as an ornament
Word Origin for mezuzah
from Hebrew, literally: doorpost
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