Hebrew

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Etymology 1

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Root
נ־ס־ס (n-s-s)

Perhaps by extension from the “flag, staff, banner” senses below.

Noun

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נֵס (nésm (plural indefinite ניסים / נִסִּים, singular construct נֵס־) [pattern: קֵטֶל]

  1. miracle
    • 1936 December 10, “אנו נושאים לפידים ('ánu nos'ím lapidím, We carry torches)”, performed by Aaron Zeev:
      נֵס לֹא קָרָה לָנוּ – \ פַּךְ שֶׁמֶן לֹא מָצָאנוּ.
      nés ló kará lánu – / pákh shémen ló matsánu.
      A miracle did not happen to us – / we did not find a flask of oil.
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Etymology 2

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נ־ס־ס (n-s-s)

Cognate with Aramaic נִסָּא (nisa). Perhaps related to נָשָׂא (nasá, to carry).

Noun

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נֵס (nesm (plural indefinite נִסִּים, singular construct נֵס־) [pattern: קֵטֶל]

  1. flag, standard, banner
  2. staff, pole, flagpole
  3. (modern) banner, pennant

Etymology 3

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נ־ו־ס (n-w-s)

Verb

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נָס (nas) third-singular masculine past (pa'al construction)

  1. to flee
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Etymology 4

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Contraction of נֵס קָפֶה (Nescafé), from the brand of the Swiss company Nestlé, a blend of the company's name and café (coffee). Compare with Greek νες (nes).

Noun

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נֵס (nesm (no construct forms)

  1. (informal) instant coffee

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Yiddish

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Etymology

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From Hebrew נס (nes).

Pronunciation

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Noun

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נס (nesm, plural נסים (nisim)

  1. miracle