Urim and Thummim

[ yoo r-im, oo r-; thuhm-im, too m- ]
/ ˈyʊər ɪm, ˈʊər-; ˈθʌm ɪm, ˈtʊm- /

plural noun Judaism.

objects, possibly made of metal or precious stones and inscribed with symbols, worn in the breastplate of the high priest and used, perhaps like lots, to determine God's response to a question answerable by “yes” or “no.” Ex. 28:30.

Origin of Urim and Thummim

1530–40; partial translation of Hebrew ūrīm wəthummīm
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British Dictionary definitions for urim and thummim

Urim and Thummim

/ (ˈjʊərɪm, ˈθʌmɪm) /


Old Testament two objects probably used as oracles and carried in the breastplate of the high priest (Exodus 28:30)

Word Origin for Urim and Thummim

C16: from Hebrew
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