tephillin

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tuh-fil-in; Sephardic Hebrew tuh-fee-leen]

tefillin

or te·phil·lin

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tuh-fil-in; Sephardic Hebrew tuh-fee-leen]
plural noun Judaism.
  1. the phylacteries.

Origin of tefillin

1605–15; < Hebrew təphillīn, akin to təphillāh prayer
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Examples from the Web for tephillin

Historical Examples of tephillin

  • The men until recent times used to go about all day in their Tephillin.

  • Then I began to beg him to take my Tallis and Tephillin (praying-shawl and phylacteries) for the twelve marks.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill


Word Origin and History for tephillin

tefillin

n.

1610s, from Rabbinical Hebrew t'phillim, plural of t'phillah "prayer."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper