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

  • noun Any of a group of Jewish commentaries on the Hebrew Scriptures compiled between AD 200 and 1200 and based on exegesis, parable, and haggadic legend.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Jewish lit., exegesis, interpretation, or exposition of the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A talmudic exposition of the Hebrew law, or of some part of it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A Rabbinic commentary on a text from the Hebrew Scripture.
  • noun The Rabbinic technique or tradition of such exegesis.

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

  • noun (Judaism) an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures that is based on Jewish methods of interpretation and attached to the biblical text

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew midrāš, commentary, explanation, Midrash, from dāraš, to seek, study; see drš in Semitic roots.]

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From Hebrew מדרש, in turn from Aramaic דרש‎.

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