A symbolic enclosure, marked by preexisting walls or by cord or wire strung on posts, nominally converting public space into private space and so permitting activities that would otherwise be prohibited on the Sabbath.
Alternative Form of eruv - eiruv, erub
Other Word Forms
Plural:eruvim, eruvin, eruvs
Origin of eruv
- Post-Biblical Hebrew ‘êrûb verbal noun of ‘ērēb to mix, mingle (from the fact that under Halachic law the separate households in the eruv are considered to be a single household, or mingled) from Hebrew ‘ēreb mixture ʕrb in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition