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

  • noun An institute of learning where students study sacred texts, primarily the Talmud.
  • noun An elementary or secondary school with a curriculum that includes religion and culture as well as general education.

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  • noun Judaism An academy for the advanced study of Jewish texts.

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  • noun an academy for the advanced study of Jewish texts (primarily the Talmud)

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew yəšîbâ, from yāšab, to sit; see wṯb in Semitic roots.]

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From Yiddish ישיבה (yeshive), from Hebrew יְשִׁיבָה (y'shivá).

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