Megillah meaning

mə-gĭl'ə
The scroll containing the biblical narrative of the book of Esther, traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate the festival of Purim.
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(Judaism) Any of the Five Scrolls of the Hebrew Scriptures (Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther) to be read on certain days, especially Esther read at the festival of Purim.
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A tediously detailed or embroidered account.

Told us the whole megillah.

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A long or involved explanation, story, etc.
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A complicated matter.
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Any long, boring story.
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Origin of megillah

  • Hebrew məgillâ scroll from gālal to roll gll in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Yiddish מגילע (mgile, “megillah"), from Hebrew מגילה (megilá, “scroll")
    From Wiktionary
  • Hebrew מגילה (megilá, “scroll")
    From Wiktionary