Definitions

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

  • n.pl. Judaism The 613 fringes of thread, symbolizing the 613 commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures, attached to the corners of a garment, especially a tallith.

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  • n. Alternative form of tzitzit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The tassels of twisted cords or threads on the corners of the upper garment worn by strict Jews. The Hebrew for this word is translated in both the Authorized and Revised Versions (Deut. xxii. 12) by the word “fringes.”

Etymologies

Hebrew ṣîṣīt, tassle, fringe; see ṣy in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A man needs zizith "(a fringed undergarment that the Torah commands men to wear; the commandment says that the fringes, which have to show, are to be worn" that ye may look upon [them] and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and ... seek not after your own heart ... which ye use to go a-whoring ").

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  • Another transliteration is "tsitsit", with the i's pronounced as long e's.

    March 25, 2008

  • the fringes at the corner of a tallith.

    March 25, 2008