Dreidel meaning

drād'l
The game using this top.
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A toy similar to a spinning top used in games of chance played by children and adults at Hanukkah.
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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.
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A four-sided spinning top, inscribed with the four Hebrew letters נ (nun), ג (gimel), ה (hey), and ש (shin) or פ (pey) on each side, associated with and often used during Hanukkah.
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A gambling game played using this top.
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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