from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Judaism The scroll containing the biblical narrative of the Book of Esther, traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate the festival of Purim.
- n. Slang A tediously detailed or embroidered account: told us the whole megillah.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of five books in the Old Testament (namely, Canticles, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) which are recited in the synagogue in the following order: Canticles on Passover, Ruth on the feast of Weeks, Ecclesiastes on the feast of Tabernacles, and Esther on Purim; Lamentations is given on the fast of the ninth of Ab. They derive their name from the fact that they are written on parchment rolls or scrolls.
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- n. (Judaism) the scroll of parchment that contains the biblical story of Esther; traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate Purim
- n. (Yiddish) a long boring tediously detailed account
Hebrew məgillâ, scroll, from gālal, to roll; see gll in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)