Tallis

or Tal·lys, Tal·ys

[tal-is]

tallith

or tal·lit, tal·lis

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lis; Sephardic Hebrew tah-leet]
noun, plural tal·li·thim, tal·li·tim, tal·li·sim [Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lee-sim, -ley-, tah-luh-sim; Sephardic Hebrew tah-lee-teem] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈli sɪm, -ˈleɪ-, ˌtɑ ləˈsɪm; Sephardic Hebrew tɑ liˈtim/. Judaism.
  1. a shawllike garment of wool, silk, or the like, with fringes, or zizith, at the four corners, worn around the shoulders by Orthodox and Conservative (sometimes also Reform) Jews, as during the morning service.

Origin of tallith

First recorded in 1605–15, tallith is from the Hebrew word ṭallīth literally, cover, cloak
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Examples from the Web for tallis

Contemporary Examples of tallis

  • Women, say, may organize a bat mitzvah there, and even wear a tallis (though tfilin are still up in the air, I believe).

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    Women: Talk To The Wall

    Bernard Avishai

    June 14, 2013

Historical Examples of tallis

  • It was not, however, indelicate to watch Tallis' face closely; it was expected.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • Tallis, like the rest of the Kerothi, was unbelievably humanoid.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • "The Board of Strategy asked me to tell you," Tallis continued.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • General Tallis shook his head in a peculiarly humanlike gesture.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • Tallis had something to say, but he was allowing the Earthman to "adjust to surprise."

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for tallis

tallis

tallith (tɑˈlit)

noun
  1. Judaism a fringed shawl worn by Jewish men during morning prayers

Word Origin for tallis

from Hebrew, literally: a cover

Tallis

noun
  1. Thomas. ?1505–85, English composer and organist; noted for his music for the Anglican liturgy
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