suk·​kah | \ ˈsu̇-kə How to pronounce sukkah (audio) \

Definition of sukkah

: a booth or shelter with a roof of branches and leaves that is used especially for meals during the Sukkoth

Examples of sukkah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last week, the community erected a temporary outdoor hut in the backyard called a sukkah, marking the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles. Washington Post, "Secret synagogue in Dubai prays for Persian Gulf revival," 25 Oct. 2019 For this holiday, a temporary hut called a sukkah is constructed for use, especially for meals. Sergio Carmona,, "Sukkot events throughout South Florida will celebrate harvest," 4 Oct. 2019 Authorities say Amiot used a lighter to ignite combustible materials outside the main building, near a separate religious structure called a sukkah. USA TODAY, "Superstorm art, Key West Fantasy Fest, pine cone plan: News from around our 50 states," 28 Oct. 2019 Authorities say Amiot used a lighter to ignite a pile of combustible materials outside the main building, near a separate religious structure called a sukkah. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homeless man pleads guilty to Minnesota synagogue fire," 25 Sep. 2019 Amiot used a lighter to set fire to a sukkah, a separate structure, police said. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Suspect in Minnesota synagogue fire tried to put it out, police say," 16 Sep. 2019 The fire started in a sukkah, a temporary structure erected outside the synagogue each year for the Sukkot celebration, and the flames quickly spread to the synagogue, officials said. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "Minnesota Police Arrest Man in Synagogue Fire," 15 Sep. 2019 Lehrer Sandalow is passionate about incorporating Jewish programming on a regular basis, such as by hosting a charoset tasting for Passover, a sukkah-building event for Sukkot and Torah learning for Shavuot. Josefin Dolsten,, "Co-working space is a Jewish take on WeWork," 26 June 2019 The final stop will be a Community BBQ in the Palm Beach Synagogue sukkah. Randall P. Lieberman, Jewish Journal, "Palm Beach County synagogues plan special events for Sukkot," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sukkah

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sukkah

Hebrew sukkāh

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7 Jan 2020

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“Sukkah.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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