Definition of golem in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡōləm/


1(In Jewish legend) a clay figure brought to life by magic.
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  • The golem of Jewish legend, for example, is a powerful automaton.
  • The idea of the android clearly has close links to the medieval Jewish stories of the golem.
  • You most likely know of the clay golem; most people do.
1.1An automaton or robot.
Example sentences
  • He has been credited with having created the golem, a Frankenstein figure, a living being without soul.
  • Once the assassin passed the golem, the golem awoke with pure rage in his eyes.
  • Often in these legends, the golems take on a life of their own, and gain increasing power the longer they are animated.


Late 19th century: from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem 'shapeless mass'.

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Syllabification: go·lem

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