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n. pl. Se·phar·dim (-dĭm)
A descendant of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal during the Middle Ages until persecution culminating in expulsion in 1492 forced them to leave.
[Medieval Hebrew səpāraddî, Spaniard, from səpārad, Spain, adoption of Hebrew səpārad, placename of disputed location (mentioned in Obadiah 20).]
Se·phar′dic (-dĭk) adj.
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n, pl -dim (-dɪm)
a. a Jew of Spanish, Portuguese, or North African descent
b. (loosely) any Oriental Jew
2. (Judaism) the pronunciation of Hebrew used by these Jews, and of Modern Hebrew as spoken in Israel
3. (Judaism) (modifier) of or pertaining to the Sephardim, esp to their liturgy and ritual
4. (Judaism) (modifier) of or pertaining to the liturgy adopted by certain European, esp Chassidic, communities who believe it to be more authentic but nonetheless differing from the genuine Oriental liturgy
[C19: from Late Hebrew, from Hebrew sepharad a region mentioned in Obadiah 20, thought to have been Spain]
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Se•phar•di(səˈfɑr di, -fɑrˈdi)
n., pl. -phar•dim (-ˈfɑr dɪm, -fɑrˈdim)
a Jew of Spanish or Portuguese origin or ancestry. Compare Ashkenazi.
[1850–55; < Modern Hebrew Səphāraddī < Hebrew Səphāradh (Biblical region assumed to be Spain)]
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