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a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah


communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Type of:

excerption » passage » section » music

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


Hebrew hap̱ṭārāh "dismissal"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)


Haftarah | haftoroh | haphtara

a series of selections from the books of Nevi'im of the Hebrew Bible that is publicly read in synagogue as part of Jewish religious practice. The Haftarah reading follows the Torah reading on each Sabbath and on Jewish festivals and fast days... (42 of 5080 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

Haftorah | Haftoroth [plural] | Haphtarah | Haphtorah

Syllabification: (Haf·to·rah) | [Judaism] | a short reading from the Prophets that follows the reading from the Law in a synagogue. (19 of 50 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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Haftorah [Judaism] | Haftoroth [plural] | Haphtarah | Haphtorah

a short reading from the Prophets which follows the reading from the Law in a Jewish synagogue (17 of 46 words, pronunciations)


Collins Dictionary:

Haftarah [Judaism] | Haftaroth [plural] | Haphtarah [Hebrew]

a short reading from the Prophets which follows the reading from the Torah on Sabbaths and festivals, and relates either to the theme of the Torah ... (26 of 272 words, pronunciations)


Random House Dictionary:

Haftarah [Judaism] | Seph. Heb. -taroth [plural] | Haftarot [plural] | Ashk. Heb. -taros [plural] | Eng. -tarahs [plural] | Haphtarah | Haphtaroth [Judaism, plural] | Haphtaros [Judaism, plural] | Haphtarahs [Judaism, plural]

a portion of the Prophets that is chanted or read in the synagogue on the Sabbath and holy days immediately after the Parashah. (23 of 50 words, pronunciations)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

selection [biology]

in biology, the preferential survival and reproduction or preferential elimination of individuals with certain genotypes, by means of natural or ... (20 of 371 words, 2 images)



excerpt [entry 1, verb] | extract [synonym, sense-specific] | excerptor [noun, related] | excerpter [noun, related] | excerption [noun, related]

to select (a passage) for quoting; "extract" | to take or publish extracts from (as a book) (16 of 169 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


American Heritage Dictionary:

excerpt | excerpted [past tense] | excerpting [present participle] | excerpts [3rd-person singular present]

A passage or segment taken from a longer work, such as a literary or musical composition, a document, or a film. | To select or use (a passage or ... (28 of 77 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

excerpt | excerption [noun, related]

to select, take out, or quote (passages from a book, sequences from a film, etc.); extract | a passage or sequence selected or quoted from a book, ... (26 of 72 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

excerpt [United States]

a short part taken from a speech, book, film, etc (10 of 48 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

excerpt [countable] | excerpts [plural]

a short piece of writing or music that is taken from a longer piece (14 of 39 words, pronunciation)



excerption | excerptions [plural]

The act of excerpting or selecting. | That which is selected or gleaned; an extract. (14 of 15 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)


Encarta Dictionary:

excerpt | excerpts [plural] | excerpted [past tense] | excerpting [present participle]

a section or passage taken from a longer work such as a book, movie, musical composition, or document | to select a section or passage from a longer ... (27 of 98 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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Etymology reference

Oxford Dictionary:

Haftorah | Haftoroth [plural] | Haphtarah | Haphtorah

Origin: Hebrew hap̱ṭārāh "dismissal"

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Audio references

the Free Dictionary:


Audio: British English pronunciation of "Haftorah"



Audio: British English pronunciation of "Haphtorah"


Collins Dictionary:

Haphtarah [Hebrew] | Haphtaroth [plural] | Haphtarahs [plural] | Haftarah

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Haphtarah"


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