Hanukkah

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Etymology[edit]

Originated 1890–95. From Hebrew חנוכה \ חֲנֻכָּה (khanuká, dedication, consecration) from חָנַךְ (khanákh, to dedicate, to consecrate).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhʌ.nʊ.kə/, /ˈhæn.ə.kə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɑː.nə.kə/, /ˈxɑː.nə.kə/
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Hanukkah (plural Hanukkahs)

  1. (Judaism) An eight-day Jewish festival, starting on the 25th day of Kislev, which commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek Syrians.

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References[edit]

  • Hanukkah” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • Hanukkah” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "Hanukkah" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.