megillah(redirected from whole megillah)
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1. Judaism The scroll containing the biblical narrative of the book of Esther, traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate the festival of Purim.
2. megillah Slang A tediously detailed or embroidered account: told us the whole megillah.
megillah(məˈɡɪlə; Hebrew miɡiˈla)
n, pl -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -ˈlɔt)
1. (Judaism) a scroll of the Book of Esther, read on the festival of Purim
2. (Judaism) a scroll of the Book of Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, or Ecclesiastes
3. slang anything, such as a story or letter, that is too long or unduly drawn out
[Hebrew: scroll, from galal to roll]
or me•gil•la(məˈgɪl ə; for 2 also Heb. mə giˈlɑ)
n., pl. -gil•lahs or -gil•las, Heb. -gil•loth, -gil•lot (-giˈlɔt)
a. a lengthy explanation or account.
b. a tediously complicated matter.
2. (italics) Hebrew. a scroll, esp. one containing the Book of Esther, that is read aloud in the synagogue on Purim.
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|Noun||1.||megillah - (Yiddish) a long boring tediously detailed account; "he insisted on giving us the whole megillah"|
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
|2.||Megillah - (Judaism) the scroll of parchment that contains the biblical story of Esther; traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate Purim|
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud