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Chanukah

[khah-nuh-kuh, hah-; Ashkenazic Hebrew khah-nuh-kuh; Sephardic Hebrew khah-noo-kah] /ˈxɑ nə kə, ˌhɑ-; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈxɑ nə kə; Sephardic Hebrew xɑ nuˈkɑ/
noun, Judaism.
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  • Where is the spirit of the Maccabæans whom we hymn on this feast of Chanukah?

  • And all our "Chanukah" money went into Benny's pockets, and was lost to us for ever.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Involuntarily I glance at the Chanukah light opposite to me in the window.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • King of the Universe, who hast sanctified us with Thy commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of Chanukah.

  • Hence, too, the prevalent craving for a certain author's blood could not be gratified at Mrs. Henry Goldsmith's Chanukah dinner.

British Dictionary definitions for Chanukah

Chanukah

/ˈhɑːnəkə; -nʊˌkɑː; Hebrew xanuˈka/
noun
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a variant spelling of Hanukkah
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Word Origin and History for Chanukah

also Chanukkah, 1891, from Hebrew hanukkah "consecration."

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Chanukah in Culture

Chanukah definition


Another spelling of Hanukkah.

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