Definition of phylactery in English:

phylactery

Line breaks: phyl|ac¦tery
Pronunciation: /fɪˈlakt(ə)ri
 
/

noun (plural phylacteries)

  • A small leather box containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law.
    More example sentences
    • Although not usually religious he grasped the Jewish artefacts, his phylacteries, in his jacket pocket.
    • Nearby, you will frequently see a table set out with spare pairs of Tefillin - phylacteries.
    • On the cross, Jesus wears the phylacteries of a devout Jew and holds the Torah scroll in his right hand.

Origin

late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek phulaktērion 'amulet', from phulassein 'to guard'.

More definitions of phylactery

Definition of phylactery in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea