dreidel

Alternative Spellings

dreydl, draidel, draidle

Definitions

  • "A small, four-sided spinning top used in a game during Chanukah" (JPS); the top itself

Example Sentences

  • "On Chanukah we eat latkes and play dreidel."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

דרײדל dreydl (the root דרײ drey means 'spin')

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

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