[ tahl-moo d, -muh d, tal- ]
/ ˈtɑl mʊd, -məd, ˈtæl- /


the collection of Jewish law and tradition consisting of the Mishnah and the Gemara and being either the edition produced in Palestine a.d. c400 or the larger, more important one produced in Babylonia a.d. c500.
the Gemara.

Origin of Talmud

First recorded in 1525–35, Talmud is from the Hebrew word talmūdh literally, instruction

Related formsTal·mud·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for talmud


/ (ˈtælmʊd) /

noun Judaism

the primary source of Jewish religious law, consisting of the Mishnah and the Gemara
either of two recensions of this compilation, the Palestinian Talmud of about 375 ad, or the longer and more important Babylonian Talmud of about 500 ad
Derived FormsTalmudic or Talmudical, adjectiveTalmudism, noun

Word Origin for Talmud

C16: from Hebrew talmūdh, literally: instruction, from lāmadh to learn

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Word Origin and History for talmud



body of Jewish traditional ceremonial and civil law, 1530s, from late Hebrew talmud "instruction" (c.130 C.E.), from lama-d "to teach." Related: Talmudic.

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Culture definitions for talmud


[ (tahl-mood, tal-muhd) ]

Collections of commentaries on biblical texts that form, with the Torah, the foundation for the religious laws of Judaism.

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