Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The eighth month of the year in the Jewish calendar. See Table at calendar.

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  • proper n. The eighth month of the civil year in the Jewish calendar, after Nisan and before Sivan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the eighth month of the civil year in the Jewish calendar; the second month of the ecclesiastical year (in April and May).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The second month of the sacred year among the Jews, and the eighth of the civil year, beginning with the new moon of April. Also called Zif.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the eighth month of the civil year; the second month of the ecclesiastical year (in April and May)

Etymologies

Hebrew 'iyyār, from Akkadian ayyaru, name of a month corresponding to parts of April and May, perhaps from ayyaru, rosette, blossom.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Soon after, the Chief Rabbi of Israel declared the 28th of the Hebrew month of Iyar as a religious holiday to thank God for the miraculous victory and for the ability to fulfill the two-thousand-year-old prayer of "Next Year in Jerusalem."

    Michal Lewin-Epstein: Jerusalem Day: The Invisible and the Divisible

  • So, rather than engage in self-pity this fifth day of Hebrew month of Iyar, I ask myself what exactly I intend to do to ensure that this magnificent sixty year-old makes it to 120 -- and beyond.

    Going 55, Approaching 60

  • In 1996, Iyar struck out on his own and co-founded WebEx, which among other things, allows for conference calls and virtual meetings across the globe.

    Imigrant Founders

  • Born in India, Iyar moved to the U.S. in 1983 and now knows no boundaries.

    Imigrant Founders

  • I recognize you -- and President Clinton and I are proud, as are all Americans, that the United States was the first nation to recognize the State of Israel -- eleven minutes after you proclaimed your independence (applause) on the 5th of Iyar, 50 years ago.

    Remarks By The Vice President At Jubilee Bells Show In Israel

  • Vespasian, hearing of this step, and, as Josephus modestly suggests, “supposing that, could he only get Josephus into his power, he would have conquered all Judea,” straightway laid siege to the town (Iyar 16).

    Josephus

  • This event happened on the tenth day of Iyar in the year 66 C.E. The war-party determined to force the struggle to a final issue.

    Josephus

  • The second, Iyar, is sacred to Ea as the "lord of humanity."

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • I ask thee, O Shamash! great lord! whether from the 3d day of this month of Iyar, up to the 11th day of the month of Ab of this year, Kashtariti, with his soldiers, whether the

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • Adar (287) for the feast of lots; and also in Iyar (288) during the existence of the Temple for the little passover.

    Hebrew Literature

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