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dreidel

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noun drei·del \ˈdrā-dəl\

Definition of dreidel

  1. 1 :  a 4-sided toy marked with Hebrew letters and spun like a top in a game of chance

  2. 2 :  a children's game of chance played especially at Hanukkah with a dreidel



Illustration of dreidel

Variants of dreidel

also

dreidl

Origin and Etymology of dreidel

Yiddish dreydl, from dreyen to turn, from Middle High German drǣjen, from Old High German drāen — more at throw


First Known Use: 1916


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