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[uh-dahr; Sephardic Hebrew ah-dahr; Ashkenazic Hebrew ah-dahr] /əˈdɑr; Sephardic Hebrew ɑˈdɑr; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈɑ dɑr/
the sixth month of the Jewish calendar.
Origin of Adar
< Hebrew ădhār Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is observed in the month Adar, which corresponds with our February and March.

  • And they ordained to keep this day year by year, the thirteenth day of Adar.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • Adar y y llwch gwyn, the birds of the white lake, is a mythological epithet for vultures.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • It lasts two days, being observed on the 14th and 15th of the month Adar.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • In the month of Adar (12th month) Venus disappeared on the 25th day at sunrise.

  • They massacred an enormous number of their enemies, and henceforth kept Purim, a feast of two days, on Adar (March) 14 and 15.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • The fact that there is both a fast (14th Adar) and a festival (15th Adar) is a safe indication of antiquity.

  • The last month, Adar, falling within the rainy season is presided over by the seven evil spirits.

  • But to celebrate the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, called in the Syrian language, the day before Mardochias' day.

  • It has been claimed that the name "Adriatic" is derived from Adar, the Asiatic sun-god, or god of fire.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for Adar


(in the Jewish calendar) the twelfth month of the year according to biblical reckoning and the sixth month of the civil year, usually falling within February and March. In a leap year, an additional month Adar Rishon (first Adar) is intercalated between Shevat and Adar, and the latter is known as Adar Sheni (second Adar)
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from Hebrew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Adar in the Bible

large, the sixth month of the civil and the twelfth of the ecclesiastical year of the Jews (Esther 3:7, 13; 8:12; 9:1, 15, 17, 19, 21). It included the days extending from the new moon of our March to the new moon of April. The name was first used after the Captivity. When the season was backward, and the lambs not yet of a paschal size, or the barley not forward enough for abib, then a month called Veadar, i.e., a second Adar, was intercalated.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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