Definition of Haggadah in English:


(also Aggadah)

Pronunciation: /haɡaˈdɑː//həˈɡɑːdə/


  • 1The text recited at the Seder on the first two nights of the Jewish Passover, including a narrative of the Exodus.

    ‘about six weeks before Passover we began to study the Haggadah’
  • 2A legend, parable, or anecdote used to illustrate a point of the Law in the Talmud.

    • ‘The Haggadot show no traces of food or wine and hardly any signs of use.’
    • ‘We now know of fifteen manuscripts written by him (all but one of which he illustrated), produced between 1731 and 1740; fourteen of these are Passover Haggadot.’
    • ‘Some of the most wonderful Hebrew calligraphy can be found in old - and new - Haggadot.’
    • ‘The narrative picture cycles of the Haggadot tell quite a different story.’
    • ‘We need a Seder for progressive social change and a Haggadah that tells the story - and perhaps we should be holding this event on July 4th annually as an alternative way to celebrate America's Independence Day.’
    allegory, moral story, moral tale, fable, lesson, exemplum
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    1. 2.1[mass noun]The non-legal, narrative element of the Talmud.
      Compare with Halacha


From Hebrew Haggāḏāh, tale, parable, from higgīḏ tell, expound.