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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An opening prayer recited on the eve of Yom Kippur, retroactively or preemptively declaring the annulment of all personal vows made to God in the previous or following year.
  • noun The melody to which such a prayer is chanted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

  • noun the opening prayer on the eve of Yom Kippur

Etymologies

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

[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).]

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