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Etymology 1[edit]

From Hebrew מְגִילָּה (megilá, scroll)


megillah (plural megillahs or megillot or megilloth)

  1. (Judaism) Any of the Five Scrolls of the Hebrew Scriptures (Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther) to be read on certain days, especially Esther read at the festival of Purim.

Etymology 2[edit]

Yiddish מגילע (mgile, megillah), from Hebrew מגילה (megilá, scroll)


megillah (plural megillahs)

  1. Any long, boring story.
    • 1997, Don DeLillo, Underworld:
      You can’t name it. It’s too big or evil or outside your experience. It’s also shit because it’s garbage, it’s waste material. But I’m making a whole big megillah out of this. What I really want to get at is the ordinary thing, the ordinary life behind the thing.