[oh-mer; Sephardic Hebrew aw-mer; Ashkenazic Hebrew oh-mer]


a Hebrew unit of dry measure, the tenth part of an ephah.
(usually initial capital letter) Judaism. the period of 49 days extending from the second day of Passover to the first day of Shavuoth.

Origin of omer

From the Hebrew word ʿōmer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of omer

  • Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev on Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid's statement to the New York Times.

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    Closer to Settlers Than Reality

    Orly Halpern

    May 21, 2013

  • I help advise Omer, a twenty-eight year old journalist, in his doctoral studies at Rotterdam University.

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    Powerless In Gaza

    Matt Sienkiewicz

    May 1, 2013

  • At one point, it was speculated that it was a son named Omer Bhatti and he would now be in his late 20s.

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    The Secret Life of Janet Jackson

    Kevin Fallon

    February 26, 2013

Historical Examples of omer

British Dictionary definitions for omer



an ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to one tenth of an ephah

Word Origin for omer

C17: from Hebrew `ōmer a measure



Judaism a period of seven weeks extending from the second day of Passover to the first day of Shavuoth, and observed as a period of semimourning

Word Origin for Omer

named because sacrifices of an omer of grain were made
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Word Origin and History for omer

Hebrew measure of capacity (a little over 5 pints), from Hebrew 'omer.

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