Adonai

Alternative Spellings

Adonay, Adonoy

Definitions

  • "Literally, 'my Lord', another word for God." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Jewish blessings traditionally begin, 'Baruch Atah Adonai...' [Lit: "Blessed are you, God..."]"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

אֲדֹנָי

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

This is how Jews pronounce the tetragrammaton (God's four-letter name) in the context of prayers and blessings. Observant Jews believe this word is never to be used outside of prayer.

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