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Word of the Day 12/18/14 Dreidel

Dreidel (noun)
dreidel [dreyd-l]


noun, plural dreidels, dreidel.
1. 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: 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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