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Megillah

Syllabification: Me·gil·lah
Pronunciation: /məˈɡilə
 
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Definition of Megillah in English:

1One of five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) that are appointed to be read on certain Jewish notable days, especially the Book of Esther, read at the festival of Purim.
1.1 (as noun the whole megillah) North American informal Something in its entirety, especially a complicated set of arrangements or a long-winded story.
Example sentences
  • And now that I've found a hairstyle that suits the inexorable genetic progress of hair erasure, it gives me pause to reflect on the whole megillah of pateness, as you put it.
  • So give ‘em the whole megillah… Do readers really want to know how miserable you are?
  • Johnson was decked out in lavish uniform: red and white robes, mitre, cross and crook - the whole megillah.

Origin

from Hebrew mĕḡillāh, literally 'scroll'.

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