Definition of Kol Nidre in English:

Kol Nidre

Pronunciation /ˌkōl ˈnidrā/ /ˌkoʊl ˈnɪdreɪ/ /ˌnidrə/ /ˌnɪdrə/ /ˈkôl nēˌdrā/ /ˈkɔl niˌdreɪ/

noun

  • An Aramaic prayer annulling vows made before God, sung by Jewish people at the opening of the Day of Atonement service on the eve of Yom Kippur.

    ‘There are moving stories of the cathartic power of Kol Nidre bringing Jews to tears.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Sephardic versions of Kol Nidre vary both in melody and performance practice from one community to the next.’
    • ‘Finally, near the end of his life, he takes his own grandchild to Yom Kippur Eve services and listens to her guess why Kol Nidre is sung three times.’
    • ‘His fear increased during Kol Nidre because of the service's importance and duration.’
    • ‘The text and chant of Kol Nidre was introduced by Rabbi Yehuda Gaon in his synagogue during the eighth century.’

Origin

From Aramaic kol niḏrē ‘all the vows’ (the opening words of the prayer).