Purim

Purim

[poor-im; Sephardic Hebrew poo-reem; Ashkenazic Hebrew poor-im]
noun
a Jewish festival celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Adar in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews in Persia from destruction by Haman.

Origin:
< Hebrew pūrīm, plural of pūr lot

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Purim (ˈpʊərɪm, Hebrew puːˈriːm)
 
n
a Jewish holiday celebrated on Adar 14, in February or March, and in Adar Sheni in leap years, to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the massacre planned for them by Haman (Esther 9)
 
[Hebrew pūrīm, plural of pūr lot; from the casting of lots by Haman]

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Purim
1382, Jewish festival on the 14th of Adar (in commemoration of the defeat of Haman's plot), from Heb. purim, lit. "lots" (pl. of pur), identified with haggoral "the lot" (Esther iii.7, ix.24), perhaps from Akkad. puru "stone."
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Purim [(poor-im)]

A Jewish festival celebrated each spring before Passover. It commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from wholesale slaughter by Haman. (See Esther.)

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