a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Temple by Judas Maccabaeus in 165 and celebrated for 8 days beginning the 25th day of Kislev
also sp. Ha′nukka· or Ha′nuka·
Origin of HanukkahTalmudic Hebrew chanuka, literally , dedication from root ?nx, inaugurate, dedicate
or Ha·nu·kah also Cha·nu·kah
An eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the victory in 165 BC of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes (c. 215-164 BC) and the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem. Also called Feast of Dedication . Also called Feast of Lights . Also called Festival of Lights .
Origin of HanukkahHebrew hănukkâ dedication from hānak to train, dedicate hnk
Originated 1890–95. From Hebrew חנוכה \ חֲנֻכָּה (khanuká, “dedication, consecration”) from חָנַךְ (khanákh, “to dedicate, to consecrate”).