Hanukkah

noun Ha·nuk·kah \ˈhä-nə-kə, ˈḵä-\

Definition of Hanukkah

  1. :  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

Variants of hanukkah

less commonly

Chanukah

or

Hanukah

\ˈhä-nə-kə, ˈḵä-\

Origin and Etymology of hanukkah

Hebrew ḥănukkāh dedication


First Known Use: 1843


HANUKKAH Defined for English Language Learners

Hanukkah

noun Ha·nuk·kah \ˈhä-nə-kə, ˈḵä-\

Definition of Hanukkah for English Language Learners

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


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