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, Feast of Lights.
Origin of HanukkahHebrew &hlowdot;ănukkâ, dedication, from &hlowdot;&amacron;nak, to train, dedicate; see &hlowdot;nk in Semitic roots.
Originated 1890–95. From Hebrew חנוכה \ חֲנֻכָּה (khanuká, “dedication, consecration”) from חָנַךְ (khanákh, “to dedicate, to consecrate”).