Definition of phylactery in English:

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Pronunciation: /fɪˈlakt(ə)ri/

noun (plural phylacteries)

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A small leather box containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law.
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.


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

Words that rhyme with phylactery

factory, manufactory, olfactory, refractory, satisfactory
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