Hanukkah

Pronunciations

Chanukkah (cha-noo-KAH) listen
Chanukkah (CHA-nuh-kuh) listen
Hanukkah (HAHN-uh-kuh) listen

Definitions

  • n. The winter-time festival that commemorates the rededication of the Temple after the Maccabean revolt in the second century B.C.E.

Example Sentences

  • "We will be having a party on the first night of Chanukah."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • חנוכה, lit. 'dedication'

    • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • 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

      Cannuka, Chanuka, Hanukka, Hanuka, Khanike, Chanukah, Hanukah, Chanukkah, Hannukah, Channuka, Channukah, Festival of Lights

Notes

  • The "ch" sound is pronounced mostly by older Jews and younger Jews with religious backgrounds.

    The spelling is a source of popular discourse, e.g., here.

    Also called the Festival of Lights.

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