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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia
A Neo-Hebraic noun formed from the "pi'el" of the verb = "to play strings," "make music"; hence meaning generally "tune," "melody." In the rubrics of the See MAḤZOR of the northern uses "be-niggun N." heads a piyyuṭ with the signification "to the tune of N," as does "laḥn N." () in the southern liturgies. The word is also used to designate a droning, formless intonation set to a text, and, more especially, the particular mellody-type or prayer-motive to which a service is traditionally rendered, e.g., the Sabbath Niggun. MUSIC, SYNAGOGAL.
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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Niggun'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/n/niggun.html. 1901.
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