Hanukkah

noun
Ha·​nuk·​kah | \ ˈhä-nə-kə How to pronounce Hanukkah (audio) , ˈḵä- \
variants: or less commonly or Hanukah

Definition of Hanukkah

: an 8-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th of Kislev and commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after its defilement by Antiochus of Syria

First Known Use of Hanukkah

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Hanukkah

Hebrew ḥănukkāh dedication

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The first known use of Hanukkah was in 1843

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“Hanukkah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hanukkah. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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Hanukkah

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How to pronounce Hanukkah (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Hanukkah

: an eight-day Jewish holiday that is celebrated in November or December

Hanukkah

noun
Ha·​nuk·​kah
variants: also Chanukah \ ˈhä-​nə-​kə \

Kids Definition of Hanukkah

: a Jewish holiday lasting eight days in November or December and marked by the lighting of candles

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