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
First Known Use: 1916
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