noun, plural phy·lac·ter·ies.
- phyfe, duncan,
Origin of phylactery
Examples from the Web for phylacteries
This latter class are sometimes called "characts," as an example of which may be mentioned the Jewish phylacteries.Bygone Beliefs|H. Stanley Redgrove
Do you think I could stand having my hands and feet tied—with phylacteries?'The Grandchildren of the Ghetto|Israel Zangwill
It was customary to tie certain kinds of phylacteries into a knot.Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery|Robert Means Lawrence
I never once saw him in prayer-scarf and phylacteries the whole time, or saying grace after meat.Stories and Pictures|Isaac Loeb Peretz
He wore the phylacteries all day, that he might be reminded of his religious duties.
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for phylactery
late 14c., "small leathern box containing four Old Testament texts," from Old French filatiere (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin philaterium, from Late Latin phylacterium "reliquary," from Greek phylacterion "safeguard, amulet," noun use of neuter of adjective phylakterios "serving as a protection," from phylakter "watcher, guard," from phylassein "to guard or ward off," from phylax (genitive phylakos) "guard," of unknown origin. Sometimes worn on the forehead, based on a literal reading of scripture:
Ye shall bind them [my words] for a sign upon your hands, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. [Deut. xi:18]