a Nazi pogrom throughout Germany and Austria on the night of November 9–10, 1938, during which Jews were killed and their property destroyed.

Origin of Kristallnacht

< German Kristall crystal + Nacht night Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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in reference to the pogrom of Nov. 9-10, 1938, in Germany and Austria; from German, literally "crystal night;" often translated as "Night of Broken Glass."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper