n. "A small, four-sided spinning top used in a game during Chanukah" (JPS); the top itself.
"On Chanukah we eat latkes and play dreidel."
Languages of Origin
דרײדל dreydl (the root דרײ drey means 'spin')
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- 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).
Who Uses This
dreydl, draidel, draidle
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