kaddish definition by Webster's New World
- Judaism a prayer in praise of God, recited as part of the daily service
- another form of this prayer recited by mourners
Origin: Aramaic kadish, literally , holy, akin to Classical Hebrew (language) kadosh, holy ; from root kdš, sanctify
kaddish definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: From Aramaic qaddiš, holy, sacred, from qədaš, to become holy, be sacred (so called after the first words of the prayer); see qdš in Semitic roots.