get

Alternative Spellings

gett

Definitions

  • a writ or deed of divorce

Example Sentences

  • David presented his wife, Rachel, with a get, permitting her to be with any man and divorcing her.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Aramaic

Etymology

גט

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Plural gitin or gittin. When a get is presented, the rules of adultery no longer apply to the couple. Traditionally, it is the husband who presents the writ to his wife.

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