Definition of shul in US English:

shul

noun

  • A synagogue.

    ‘on High Holidays he attended shul’
    • ‘The people I work with, my partners, the entrepreneurs, the soldiers, the old guys in my shul, the policemen, the housewives, the teachers, the soldiers - are all heroes.’
    • ‘Indeed when the time was right for me - as I believe it was pre-ordained - I found the shul and the rabbi to whom I am most indebted.’
    • ‘The wooden canopied bimah was not in the middle of the shul, but - in Sephardic fashion - just to the right of the entrance doorway.’
    • ‘I still see Mr. Berman's portable shtender in the shul and I have to smile because I immediately see his warm gentle smile and think about how fortunate I was to have met your father.’
    • ‘On Monday afternoon we gather by the shul and from there we proceed to the cemetery.’
    • ‘People talked about it in their shuls and communities.’
    • ‘Finally, we made the ultimate commitment: we moved into the Jewish community within walking distance of the shul.’
    • ‘I hadn't been to a progressive shul before this weekend.’
    • ‘This week was a special dedication ceremony of the newly renovated hall, and the shul was packed with people - including the chief rabbi of Turkey and all the community leaders.’
    • ‘His wife, Marie, recently told me that as a youngster he would walk for miles on Shabbat to daven in the Orthodox shul in Norfolk, known as the Cumberland Street Shul.’
    • ‘I had to coordinate my hectic schedule with a wide variety of shuls located in various parts of the metropolis and match it with their schedules.’
    • ‘Almost everyone in the community was for it except for the president of the shul.’
    • ‘The proper name of a shul is ‘beis knesset’ or the ’house of assembly.’’
    • ‘Orthodox Jews often use the Yiddish word shul (pronounced shool) to refer to their synagogue.’
    • ‘So I started studying Judaism at various locations, and looked for a shul that I felt comfortable in.’
    • ‘Even though my father kept his store open on Saturday, he and my mother made fun of the Reform rabbi who drove to the shul down the block.’
    • ‘It reminded me of the party our shul had on Purim.’
    • ‘And it was coming from my modest shul, affectionately called Landau's after the rabbinic family that founded it and continues to lead the congregation.’
    • ‘The shul that you pray in will be the shul you show your grandchildren.’
    • ‘The young man picked up his backpack, and together they walked out of the shul.’

Origin

Late 19th century: Yiddish, from German Schule ‘school’.

Pronunciation

shul

/SHo͞ol/