tephillin

[ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tuh-fil-in; Sephardic Hebrew tuh-fee-leen ]
/ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English təˈfɪl ɪn; Sephardic Hebrew tə fiˈlin /
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plural noun Judaism.


Nearby words

  1. tepe,
  2. tepe gawra,
  3. tepee,
  4. tepefy,
  5. tepexpán man,
  6. tephra,
  7. tephrite,
  8. tephritic,
  9. tephrochronology,
  10. tephroite

tefillin

or te·phil·lin

[ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tuh-fil-in; Sephardic Hebrew tuh-fee-leen ]
/ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English təˈfɪl ɪn; Sephardic Hebrew tə fiˈlin /

plural noun Judaism.

the phylacteries.

Origin of tefillin

1605–15; < Hebrew təphillīn, akin to təphillāh prayer

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Examples from the Web for 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