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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.

[Hebrew məgillâ, scroll, from gālal, to roll; see gll in Semitic roots.]
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(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]
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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)
1. Slang.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
report, account - the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
2.megillah - (Judaism) the scroll of parchment that contains the biblical story of EstherMegillah - (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
scroll, roll - a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
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