Definition of dreidel in English:

dreidel

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Pronunciation: /ˈdreɪd(ə)l
 
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(also dreidl)

noun

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

Origin

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

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