Kol NidreKol Nid·re
- a prayer recited or chanted in synagogues on the eve of Yom Kippur, declaring a release from vows, specifically religious vows, that were made unintentionally or under duress
- the traditional melody associated with this prayer
Origin of Kol NidreHerew-Aramaic kol-nidre, all (our) vows: opening words of prayer ; from Aramaic kol, all + nidre, vows, plural of neder, vow ; from root ndr, to vow
- An opening prayer recited on the eve of Yom Kippur, retroactively or preemptively declaring the annulment of all personal vows made to God in the previous or following year.
- The melody to which such a prayer is chanted.
Origin of Kol NidreAramaic kol nidrê, all vows (the opening words of the prayer) : kol, all; see kll in Semitic roots + nidrê, pl. bound form of nidra, vow (from n&schwa;dar, to vow; see n&dlowmac;r in Semitic roots).