kid·​dush ˈki-dəsh How to pronounce kiddush (audio)
: a ceremonial blessing pronounced over wine or bread in a Jewish home or synagogue on a holy day (such as the Sabbath)

Examples of kiddush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Less discussed has been the pervasive theft of more prosaic valuables from Jews who did not own Courbets or Klimts — but did own items like silver kiddush cups that were confiscated or pawned for peanuts on orders from the Third Reich. Milton Esterow, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2023 Others have done away with the kiddush cup, a communal goblet of sacramental wine. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Late Hebrew qiddūsh sanctification

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kiddush was in 1753

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“Kiddush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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