[ dreyd-l ]
/ ˈdreɪd l /

noun, plural drei·dels, drei·del.

a four-sided top bearing the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, he, and shin, one on each side, used chiefly in a children's game traditionally played on the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

Origin of dreidel

1925–30; < Yiddish dreydl, equivalent to drey(en) to rotate, turn (< Middle High German dræ(je)n, dræhen; compare G. drehen) + -dl noun suffix
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