candle lighting


candle lighting (KAN-duhl LYE-teeng) listen


  • n. The custom of lighting candles to welcome the Sabbath.

  • n. The exact time at which holiday and Shabbos candles are supposed to be lit according to Jewish law.

Example Sentences

  • "When is candle lighting this Shabbat?"

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


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


  • 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).

Alternative Spellings

candle-lighting, candlelighting

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