Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism A holy day observed on the tenth day of Tishri and marked by fasting and prayer for the atonement of sins. Also called Day of Atonement.

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  • proper n. A particular Jewish holiday, the day of atonement, falling on the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the only fast day of the Mosaic ritual, celebrated on the tenth day of the seventh month (Tishri), according to the rites described in Leviticus xvi. Also called Day of Atonement.

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

  • n. (Judaism) a solemn and major fast day on the Jewish calendar; 10th of Tishri; its observance is one of the requirements of the Mosaic law

Etymologies

Hebrew yôm kippûr : yôm, day; see ywm in Semitic roots + kippûr, atonement (from kippēr, to cover, atone; see kpr1 in Semitic roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew יוֹם כִּפּוּר (yom kippúr), literally "day of atonement". (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Were a neo-nazi group to protest in a public space within close proximity to a synagogue during an important Jewish holidsy such as Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah, I think this would be a clearly discourteous act, while simultaneously being an arguably permissible and protected act in light of the Constitution.

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  • Israeli chief rabbi condemns mosque attack children, one way or another, manage to acquire insight into sombre holidays such as Yom Kippur, Jewish parents

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  • So, plan on having a "break the fast" meal at your place on Yom Kippur which is on October 9th.

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