Judaism a prayer recited over wine or bread on the eve of or on the day of the Sabbath or of a festival so as to set the day apart as holy
Origin of kiddushTalmudic Hebrew kidush, sanctification ; from root kdš: see kaddish
The traditional blessing and prayer recited over wine on the eve of the Sabbath or a festival.
Origin of KiddushMishnaic Hebrew qiddûš, sanctification, from Hebrew qidd&emacron;š, to sanctify, derived stem of qadaš, to be holy; see qdš in Semitic roots.
(plural kiddushes or kiddushim)
Hebrew קידוש (kidúsh, “kiddush”, literally “sanctification”).