(kōl nē′drā, nid′rə; Heb kō̂l′nē drā′)
- the prayer declaring a release from religious vows and obligations that were made unintentionally or under duress: it is recited in synagogues at the opening of Yom Kippur eve services
- the traditional music to which this is sung
Heb-Aram kol-nidre, all (our) vows: opening words of prayer < Aram kol, all + nidre, vows, pl. of neder, vow < root ndr, to vow
See Kol Nidre in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- 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: Aramaic kol nidrê, all vows (the opening words of the prayer)
Origin: : kol, all; see kll in Semitic roots
Origin: + nidrê
Origin: , pl. bound form of nidrā, vow (from nədar, to vow; see nḏr in Semitic roots)