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

  • n. Judaism The opening prayer recited on the eve of Yom Kippur, declaring the annulment of all personal vows made to God in the preceding year.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The opening words of the most solemn prayer of the Jewish ritual for the eve of the atonement fast.

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

  • n. the opening prayer on the eve of Yom Kippur

Etymologies

Aramaic kol nidrê, all vows (the opening words of the prayer) : kol, all; see kll in Semitic roots + nidrê, pl. bound form of nidrā, vow (from nədar, to vow; see nḏr in Semitic roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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