Alternative Spellings

menora, m'nora, menoyre


  • candelabrum, especially for Chanukah

Example Sentences

  • "Even after lighting the menorah we don't extinguish the Shamash" (,33396/What-is-the-purpose-of-the-Shamash-ninth-candle-on-my-menorah.html)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



Who Uses This

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


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
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).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


The 7-branched menorah is a symbol of Judaism, and the 8-branched menorah (plus a shamash) is a ritual object used for Chanukah.

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