Definition of Adar in English:


Pronunciation /äˈdär/ /ɑˈdɑr/ /ˌädär/ /ˌɑdɑr/


  • 1(in the Jewish calendar) the sixth month of the civil and twelfth of the religious year, usually coinciding with parts of February and March. It is known in leap years as Second Adar.

    ‘Purim is celebrated on the 14th and 15th days of Adar, the twelfth month of the Jewish Calendar.’
    • ‘Today, in traditional Jewish congregations, the Sabbath preceding the first of the month of Adar is called ‘Sabbath Shekalim’.’
    • ‘The sixth month of the Jewish calendar is called Adar, and in leap years there are two Adars called Adar I and Adar II.’
    • ‘The ceremony is on Adar 7, the Hebrew anniversary of the death of Moses, whose final resting place is also not known.’
    • ‘The seventh day of Adar is the anniversary of Moses' death.’
    1. 1.1An intercalary month preceding Adar in leap years, also called First Adar.
      ‘The only month ever added to the year is Adar in which case the year has two Adar's: A First Adar and a Second Adar.’
      • ‘This year we celebrate two months of Adar, Adar Rishon (First Adar) and Adar Sheni.’
      • ‘This last past Monday, we entered a new Jewish month, the month of Adar Rishon (First Adar; this is a Jewish leap year) about which the Talmud writes.’
      • ‘On the fourteenth and fifteenth of First Adar, Tahanun is omitted, no eulogy is said, and fasting is not permitted.’
      • ‘In a leap year, the intercalcated month is called Adar Sheni (Second Adar or Adar II) and the regular month Adar Rishom (First Adar or Adar I).’


From Hebrew ’ăḏār.