Meaning of golem in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡəʊləm/


  • 1(in Jewish legend) a clay figure brought to life by magic.

    ‘The golem of Jewish legend, for example, is a powerful automaton.’
    • ‘The idea of the android clearly has close links to the medieval Jewish stories of the golem.’
    • ‘You most likely know of the clay golem; most people do.’
    • ‘In the middle ages the myth of the golem, a living creature made from clay in the image of Adam, was the pinnacle of metaphysical alchemy.’
    1. 1.1An automaton or robot.
      ‘He has been credited with having created the golem, a Frankenstein figure, a living being without soul.’
      • ‘Once the assassin passed the golem, the golem awoke with pure rage in his eyes.’
      • ‘Often in these legends, the golems take on a life of their own, and gain increasing power the longer they are animated.’
      • ‘Janus lightly tapped the golem's head, and its eyes closed.’
      • ‘Then the pixie, golem, and dragon charged at us, and blacked me out.’


Late 19th century from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem ‘shapeless mass’.