What does purim mean?

Definitions for purimˈpʊər ɪm; Heb. puˈrim

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Purim(noun)

    (Judaism) a Jewish holy day commemorating their deliverance from massacre by Haman


  1. Purim(ProperNoun)

    A Jewish festival, celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, commemorating the deliverance of the Persian Jews from a massacre.

  2. Origin: From פורים.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purim(noun)

    a Jewish festival, called also the Feast of Lots, instituted to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the machinations of Haman

  2. Origin: [Heb. pr, pl. prm, a lot.]


  1. Purim

    Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire, with the aid of the Iranian king Xerxes, from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther. According to the Book of Esther, in the Hebrew Bible, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus, planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Queen Esther. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing. Purim is celebrated by giving reciprocal gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, a celebratory meal, and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther, additions to the prayers and the grace after meals. Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration. Purim is celebrated annually according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. In cities that were protected by a surrounding wall at the time of Joshua, Purim is instead celebrated on the 15th of the month on what is known as Shushan Purim, since fighting in the walled city of Shushan continued through the 14th. Today, only Jerusalem celebrates Purim on the 15th.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purim

    pū′rim, n. the feast of lots held about 1st of March, in which the Jews commemorated their deliverance from the plot of Haman, as related in Esther. [Heb., pl. of pur, lot.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purim in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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