chanukiah (chah-noo-KEY-yah) listen
chanukiah (chah-noo-key-YAH) listen
hanukiah (hah-noo-KEY-yuh) listen


  • n. Nine-branched menorah / candelabrum used on Chanukah.

Example Sentences

  • On the first night of Chanukah, you put one candle on the right side of your Chanukiah

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Ladino


  • Modern Hebrew חנוכייה, originally from Ladino hanukía

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      chanukia, chanukiyah, hanukiah, hanukia

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