dreidel

[ dreyd-l ]
/ ˈdreɪd l /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. dreg,
  2. dreggy,
  3. dregs,
  4. dreibund,
  5. dreich,
  6. dreigh,
  7. dreikanter,
  8. dreiser,
  9. dreiser, theodore,
  10. drek

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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