Tefillin Definition

tə-fĭlĭn, -fē-lēn
The phylacteries.
American Heritage
Either of two small, boxlike leather cases holding slips inscribed with certain Scriptural passages, fastened, using leather thongs, one to the forehead and the other to the arm, by Orthodox or Conservative Jewish men during weekday morning prayer: see Deut. 6:4-9
Webster's New World

Plural form of tefilla.


Origin of Tefillin

  • Mishnaic Hebrew təpillîn pl. of təpillâ prayer from Hebrew hitpallēl to pray pll in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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