The game using this top.
A toy similar to a spinning top used in games of chance played by children and adults at Hanukkah.
A small top with Hebrew letters on each of four sides, spun in a game played by children, esp. during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
Origin of dreidel
- Yiddish dreydl from dreyen to turn from Middle High German dræjen from Old High German drāen
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition