Definition of dreidel in English:

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dreidel

Pronunciation: /ˈdrādl/

noun

North American
1A small four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, used by the Jews.
Example sentences
  • Schools planning ‘holiday season’ programs have been instructed to not include any icons or images in their pamphlets or concert programs that might be construed as religious symbols; for example, Christmas trees or dreidels.
  • The holidays are rich with traditions, from exchanging gifts and spinning dreidels to more personalized rituals like sharing family recipes and lending a helping hand at local shelters.
  • Sleigh bells are ringing, dreidels are spinning, and your two-week vacation is just around the corner.
1.1A gambling game played with a dreidel, especially at Hanukkah.
Example sentences
  • We celebrate Hannukah by playing dreidel - gambling, basically - for gelt, which is coin-shaped chocolate.
  • Foil-wrapped chocolate coins called Hanukkah Gelt are given as gifts and are also the prize in a children's game called dreidel.
  • We'd go over to an aunt's house, play dreidel and then on each night of Hanukkah, there'd be all the presents in the living room.

Origin

1930s: from Yiddish dreydl; compare with German drehen 'to turn'.

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Syllabification: drei·del

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