Yom Kippur

[ yawm kip-er, yohm, yom; Sephardic Hebrew yawm kee-poor; Ashkenazic Hebrew yohm ki-puhr ]
/ yɔm ˈkɪp ər, yoʊm, yɒm; Sephardic Hebrew ˈyɔm kiˈpur; Ashkenazic Hebrew yoʊm ˈkɪ pər /


a Jewish high holy day observed on the 10th day of the month of Tishri by abstinence from food and drink and by the daylong recitation of prayers of repentance in the synagogue.


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Origin of Yom Kippur

< Hebrew, equivalent to yōm day + kippūr atonement
Also called Day of Atonement.
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British Dictionary definitions for yom kippur

Yom Kippur
/ (jɒm ˈkɪpə, Hebrew jɔm kiˈpur) /


an annual Jewish holiday celebrated on Tishri 10 as a day of fasting, on which prayers of penitence are recited in the synagogue throughout the dayAlso called: Day of Atonement

Word Origin for Yom Kippur

from Hebrew, from yōm day + kippūr atonement
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Cultural definitions for yom kippur

Yom Kippur
[ (yohm ki-poor, yom kup-uhr) ]

In Judaism, the Day of Atonement, the most important religious holiday; a day of fasting to atone for sins. It comes in autumn. (See Rosh Hashanah.)

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