dreidel

noun drei·del \ ˈdrā-dᵊl \
variants: or less commonly dreidl

Definition of dreidel

1 :a 4-sided toy marked with Hebrew letters and spun like a top in a game of chance
2 :a children's game of chance played especially at Hanukkah with a dreidel

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Origin and Etymology of dreidel

Yiddish dreydl, from dreyen to turn, from Middle High German drǣjen, from Old High German drāen — more at 1throw


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