from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of Jewish commentaries on the Hebrew Scriptures compiled between A.D. 400 and 1200 and based on exegesis, parable, and haggadic legend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Rabbinic commentary on a text from the Hebrew Scripture.
- n. The Rabbinic technique or tradition of such exegesis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A talmudic exposition of the Hebrew law, or of some part of it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Jewish lit., exegesis, interpretation, or exposition of the Hebrew Scriptures.
- n. An exposition or discourse of this kind, or a collection of such expositions or discourses: as, the Midrash on Samuel; the Midrash on the Psalms. In this sense the plural is Midrashim, occasionally Midrashoth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Judaism) an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures that is based on Jewish methods of interpretation and attached to the biblical text
Hebrew midrāš, commentary, explanation, Midrash, from dāraš, to seek, study; see drš in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew מדרש, in turn from Aramaic דרש. (Wiktionary)