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

  • n. The Jewish New Year, observed on the first day or the first and second days of Tishri and marked by solemnity as well as festivity.

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  • proper n. The Jewish holiday marking the start of the liturgical year, taking place on the first two days of Tishrei, 163 days after the first day of Passover.
  • n. A specific occurrence of this holiday.

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

  • n. (Judaism) a solemn Jewish feast day celebrated on the 1st or 1st and 2nd of Tishri; noted for the blowing of the shofar

Etymologies

Hebrew rō'š haš-šānâ : rō'š, head, beginning; see rאš in Semitic roots + ha-, the + šānâ, year; see šn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew ראש השנה (rosh-hashaná). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The day before Rosh Hashanah is known as Erev Rosh Hashanah in Hebrew "Rosh Hashanah eve".

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  • Philo, in his treatise on the festivals, calls Rosh Hashanah the festival of the sacred moon and feast of the trumpets, and explains the blowing of the trumpets as being a memorial of the giving of the Torah and a reminder of God's benefits to mankind in general "De Septennario," § 22.

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  • And let's talk about this for just a second: the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, that is under way as we speak.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2009

  • It is a time of penance, with "The Ten Days of Penitence" beginning on Rosh Hashanah, which is the Day of Judgment, and ending on [[Yom Kippur]], which is the Day of Atonement.

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  • It is a time of penance, with "The Ten Days of Penitence" beginning on Rosh Hashanah, which is the Day of Judgment, and ending on

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • With the Jewish new year, also known as Rosh Hashanah, comes a table full of symbolic foods.

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  • Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are occasions of peak attendance at synagogues.

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  • Beginning tonight, Friday September 18th, the Jewish New Year or "Rosh Hashanah" begins, and tomorrow, the first day of Navaratri.

    OpEdNews - Diary: Hinjuism

  • The term "Rosh Hashanah" does not appear in the Torah.

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  • Type "Rosh Hashanah" into Google and you get all sorts of image, including this, from zingerbug. com.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2009

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