• WordNet 3.6
    • n Purim (Judaism) a Jewish holy day commemorating their deliverance from massacre by Haman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Purim A Jewish festival, called also the Feast of Lots, instituted to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the machinations of Haman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Purim An annual festival observed by the Jews on the 14th and 15th of the month Adar (about the 1st of March). It is preceded by the Fast of Esther on the 13th. These three days commemorate the deliverance of the Jews by Esther from the massacre planned by Hainan, as related in the book of Esther.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Purim pū′rim the feast of lots held about 1st of March, in which the Jews commemorated their deliverance from the plot of Haman, as related in Esther.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Heb. pūr, pl. pūrīm, a lot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Heb., pl. of pur, lot.


In literature:

The feast of Purim, Esther, ix.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The feast of Purim, Esther, ix.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
It is read through in the Jewish synagogues at the feast of PURIM (q. v.).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Even the feast of Purim mentioned here it quite unmencioned in the Pentateuch.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Scripture will be abolished except the Book of Esther, also all festivals except the feast of Purim.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
During Purim this is not looked upon as stealing, but merely as a joke or a bit of fun.
"Pictures of Jewish Home-Life Fifty Years Ago" by Hannah Trager
To explain the origin of the feast of Purim work of providence for God's people.
"The Bible Book by Book" by Josiah Blake Tidwell
Purim, feast of, 263.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
The origin of the Jewish feast and fast of Purim is still obscure.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Like the banquet Esther gave the king at Purim.
"The New Land" by Elma Ehrlich Levinger
For this reason these days are called Purim.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
But our author gets around all these difficulties by the Feast of Purim.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
Wherefore they called these days Purim, after the name of Pur.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The miracle was wrought when Jerusalem was full; although whether at the Feast of Tabernacles, or Purim, may be doubted.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I" by Marcus Dods
Sitting there, he remembers that it is going on for Purim.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
Even the name of God is not once mentioned, perhaps from a dread of its profanation during the Saturnalia of Purim.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various
Least of all would he do this in the case of Purim.
"A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ" by Archibald Thomas Robertson
The feast of Purim, which was instituted in token of the deliverance wrought through Esther, coincides in date with Easter.
"The Story of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland and of the new Gospel of Interpretation" by Edward Maitland
PURIM, Feast of, established, Ezra, 401-403.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
The earliest mention of the festival of Purim is in 2 Macc.
"The Literature of the Old Testament" by George Foot Moore

In news:

Rebecca Levy, age 12 of Riverside, shows off a crown she just made, at a breakfast with Queen Esther and Purim Carnival, in celebration of the Jewish holiday at Temple Sinai, on New Albany Road in Cinnaminson.
A few easy changes can make your Purim menu meatless.
Faith Factor You're invited to a Tahoe community-wide Purim celebration.
Youths enjoy a Purim celebration that includes crafts and crown-making.
RABBI GIL STEINLAUF (Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC): The Purim story is actually one of the books of the Bible.
Modern Flavors Transform a Purim Tradition.
It might not be the most well-known Jewish holiday, but Purim is certainly one of the most festive and joyous.
Hamantaschen are often made during the week before Purim .
It's Purim — so get baking those hamantaschen.
Purim a celebration of Jewish faith.
Berger's Burg: March is for Purim , St Patty's, many more.
Razor-Sharp Purim Sinks 'Harbor at Oaklawn.
Purim looks sharp in Razorback win.
Queen Esther, the heroine of Purim, was probably a vegan.
There certainly are many reasons to look forward to Purim.