Hanukkah

noun

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

Examples of Hanukkah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s when Saul Fox, a wealthy donor to both Israel and the Republican Party, gave the items to him during a Hanukkah celebration, calling them an expression of Israel’s gratitude to Mr. Trump. Anjali Huynh, New York Times, 25 July 2023 That’s when Saul Fox, a wealthy donor to both Israel and the Republican Party, gave the items to him during a Hanukkah celebration, calling them an expression of Israel’s gratitude to Trump. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2023 Haaretz reports that Israel lent the Trump White House antiquities, including ancient ceramic lamps from its national treasures collection, for a Hanukkah candle-lighting event in 2019. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 18 July 2023 The date on which Hanukkah falls is based on the Jewish calendar and changes every year. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 14 July 2023 Wishing you the most beautiful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa! Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 13 July 2023 Midway through Hanukkah, his parents arrived in the United States to join him. Megan Greenwell, WIRED, 27 June 2023 In addition to travelers now being able to get a a jumpstart on booking flights for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years, Southwest’s Low Fare Calendar is now accessible for these dates. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2023 Quick Hanukkah Doughnuts Sufganiyot are a popular treat around Hanukkah, and this version of the Jewish dessert comes together speedily. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 30 May 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Hebrew ḥănukkāh dedication

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 22 Sep. 2023.

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Hanukkah

noun
Ha·​nuk·​kah
variants also Chanukah or Hanukah
ˈḵän-ə-kə,
ˈhän-
: an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated in November or December in honor of the cleansing and second dedication of the Temple after the Syrians were driven out of Jerusalem in 165 b.c.

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