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dreidel Line breaks: dreidel
Pronunciation: /ˈdreɪd(ə)l/
(also dreidl)

Definition of dreidel in English:


North American
A small four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, used in Jewish gambling games, especially at Hanukkah.
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.


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

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