• WordNet 3.6
    • n phylactery (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Phylactery A small square box, made either of parchment or of black calfskin, containing slips of parchment or vellum on which are written the scriptural passages Exodus xiii. 2-10, and 11-17, Deut. vi. 4-9, 13-22. They are worn by Jews on the head and left arm, on week-day mornings, during the time of prayer.
    • Phylactery Among the primitive Christians, a case in which the relics of the dead were inclosed.
    • Phylactery Any charm or amulet worn as a preservative from danger or disease.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phylactery A charm or amulet.
    • n phylactery Specifically.
    • n phylactery In Jewish antiquity, an amulet consisting of a strip or strips of parchment inscribed with certain texts from the Old Testament, and inclosed within a small leather case, which was fastened with straps on the forehead just above and between the eyes, or on the left arm near the region of the heart. The four passages inscribed upon the phylactery were Ex. xiii. 2-10, 11-17, and Deut. vi. 4-9, 13-22. The custom was founded on a literal interpretation of Ex. xiii. 16, and Deut. vi. 8 and xi. 18.
    • n phylactery Among the primitive Christians, etc., a case in which were inclosed relics of the saints.
    • n phylactery Synonyms See defs. of amulet, talisman, and mezuzah.
    • n phylactery See also tephillin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phylactery fi-lak′te-ri a charm or amulet: among the Jews, a slip of parchment inscribed with certain passages of Scripture, worn on the left arm or forehead: among the early Christians, a case in which relics were preserved
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. filateri, OF. filatire, filatiere, F. phylactère, L. phylacterium, Gr. , fr. a watcher, guard, to watch, guard. Cf. Philatory
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. phylaktērion, phylaktēr, a guard—phylassein, to guard.


In literature:

Phylacteries of the Jews.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
She dressed her worldliness out in phylacteries.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The phylacteries of our modern Pharisees are as broad as those of the old Jewish saints.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII) The Conflict With Slavery, Politics and Reform, The Inner Life and Criticism" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The phylacteries of our modern Pharisees are as broad as those of the old Jewish saints.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
According to Rabbi Yehudah, he that does not put on phylacteries is an ignorant one.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
I do not know how Kirstie became convinced that, whoever or whatever the enemy might be, Mr. Johnstone was the phylactery.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Phylacteries were worn on the head and arm.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Ephraim proceeded to wind the phylacteries round his arm, and commenced to say his prayers softly.
"A Ghetto Violet" by Leopold Kompert
The wearing of phylacteries indicates that they were regarded by the Jews as amulets.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
The Jews had regard for their phylacteries, and the Greeks and Romans had their amulets.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess

In poetry:

With feet, not minds, that move to God,
And prayer from lip alone,
The modern Pharisees make broad
Phylacteries of stone.
"St. Coutts's" by Ernest Jones

In news:

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) A religious Jew wearing a series of black boxes and leather straps called tefillin or phylacteries inadvertently set off a bomb scare on a US Airways flight to Kentucky.