kid·​dush | \ ˈki-dəsh How to pronounce kiddush (audio) , -dish; ki-ˈdüsh \

Definition of kiddush

: 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 Shuls shut down for months, then moved outdoors, adopted all regulations such as providing face masks and hand sanitizers, and socially distancing, suspended the weekly kiddush (the repast following Shabbat services) and curtailed all social events. Howard Riell,, 14 Apr. 2021 During that weekend, job candidates would lead a service, deliver a sermon, meet with the preschoolers, teach a class, maybe have lunch with staff and schmooze with congregants during kiddush on Shabbat. Stewart Ain,, 29 Dec. 2020 Others have done away with the kiddush cup, a communal goblet of sacramental wine. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 Don’t miss the powerful roll call and stay for a kiddush luncheon and patriotic sing-along., 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of kiddush

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kiddush

Late Hebrew qiddūsh sanctification

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24 Apr 2021

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“Kiddush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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