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


Definition of dreidel

  1. 1 :  a 4-sided toy marked with Hebrew letters and spun like a top in a game of chance

  2. 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 throw

First Known Use: 1916

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