[Sephardic Hebrew kee-doosh; Ashkenazic Hebrew kid-uh sh]

noun Judaism.

a blessing recited over a cup of wine or over bread on the Sabbath or on a festival.

Origin of Kiddush

From the Hebrew word qiddūsh literally, sanctification Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of kiddush

Historical Examples of kiddush

  • On the contrary, he was to promote the Kiddush Hashem "the sanctification of the Name."

    Chosen Peoples

    Israel Zangwill

  • And her Kiddush is his Kiddush—the same low, dignified chant, the same sweetness.

    Stories and Pictures

    Isaac Loeb Peretz

  • And the guest took the cup of wine from my father's hand, and recited a Kiddush.

  • After the Skul rabbi's Kiddush and Havdoleh, she will listen to no other; she says her own over cake or currant wine.

    Stories and Pictures

    Isaac Loeb Peretz

  • It is only when the time comes for saying Kiddush that my father and the guest hold a Hebrew conversation.

British Dictionary definitions for kiddush


noun Judaism

a special blessing said before a meal on sabbaths and festivals, usually including the blessing for wine or bread
a reception usually for the congregants after a service at which drinks and snacks are served and this grace is said

Word Origin for Kiddush

from Hebrew qiddūsh sanctification
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