Definitions

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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Hebrew məgillâ, scroll, from gālal, to roll; see gll in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • They also scream and shout and curse his name in Synagogues during their reading of what they call the Megillah

    Judeopundit

  • The festival of Purim is celebrated primarily by reading the Book of Esther from a hand-written scroll called the Megillah, and blotting out the sound of Haman's name with noise-makers called groggers.

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  • The Megillah is a great dichotomy, where the Hero is always off stage, but yet the most central figure of the entire drama.

    Aish Weekly Articles

  • "A person is obligated to drink on Purim until he does not know the difference between 'cursed be Haman' and 'blessed be Mordechai,'" a passage from the "Megillah," i.e. the Book of Esther, says.

    Cathleen Falsani: Cheers, Hamantashen And Shots All Around: Happy Purim!

  • According to the "Megillah" (IV, 4), when the lesson to be read aloud was from the "Torah" only one verse was to be read to the translator (Methurgeman).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Uzziel, who is said on the authority of the Babylonian "Megillah",

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The [[Talmud]] ( '' Megillah '' 15a) relates that his full name was "Mordecai Bilshan"

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  • Among the car's Megillah of features: front heated/ventilated seats and rear heated seats, heated wood-and-leather steering wheel, heated/cooled cupholders, 20-inch polished alloy wheels, LED interior lighting, power backlight sunshade, a huge power sunroof borrowed from Cowboys Stadium, and a slew of safety and convenience features bundled into optional packages, including adaptive self-leveling high-intensity headlights, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning system.

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  • Monday night the folks at Temple Sholom in Chicago commemorated Purim by reading the Megillah (by the way, that's where the saying "the whole Megillah" comes from) followed by a lively costume party with loads of food, drink and graggers (noisemakers that are sounded any time the villain Haman's name is said aloud).

    Cathleen Falsani: Cheers, Hamantashen And Shots All Around: Happy Purim!

  • Huldah is one of the seven women prophets of Israel enumerated by the Rabbis: Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Huldah and Esther (BT Megillah 14a); she is also mentioned among the twenty-three truly upright and righteous women who came forth from Israel (Midrash Tadshe, Ozar ha-Midrashim [Eisenstein], p. 474).

    Huldah, the Prophet: Midrash and Aggadah.

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