Meaning of Maccabiah in English:


Pronunciation /makəˈbɪə/


  • Of, relating to, or designating a sporting contest for Jewish athletes, modelled on the Olympic Games, and held at four-yearly intervals in Israel. Usually in "Maccabiah Games". Also as noun: the Maccabiah Games.


1960s. From modern Hebrew Maqqāḇiyyāh, feminine of Maqqāḇī (adjective) Maccabi, the name (lit. ‘Maccabean’) of the world union of Jewish athletic organizations.