- a candelabrum having seven branches (as used in the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem), or any number of branches (as used in modern synagogues).
- a candelabrum having nine branches, for use on the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
Origin of menorah
Examples from the Web for menorah
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
There is no menorah in the Gryffindor common room or any mention of Chanukah in any Harry Potter book.Matisyahu’s 10 Things to Help a Jew Get Through Christmas Season
December 19, 2011
They ask which holiday is represented by the menorah behind them.Israeli Government Tells Israelis Not to Marry American Jews
December 1, 2011
More than menorah lighting and dreidel spinning, Hanukkah is known for its culinary delicacy, latkes.Mouth-Watering Potato Pancakes
Jacquelynn D. Powers
December 1, 2010
See for other particulars the above quoted article in Menorah, note.
Gleaming brass, its seven uplifting arms gracefully curved, stood a—Menorah!The Seven-Branched Candlestick
Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
- a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple and now an emblem of Judaism and the badge of the state of Israel
- a candelabrum having eight branches and a shammes that is lit during the festival of Hanukkah
Word Origin and History for menorah
1886, from Hebrew menorah "candlestick," from Semitic stem n-w-r "to give light, shine" (cf. Arabic nar "fire," manarah "candlestick, lighthouse, tower of a mosque," see minaret).
A nine-branched candelabrum used during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. The center candle, or “starter,” is used to light the other eight candles, with one additional candle lit on each subsequent evening of the celebration.