Hanukkah meaning

KHänə-kə, hä-
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.
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A Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Temple by Judas Maccabaeus in 165 b.c. and celebrated for 8 days beginning the 25th day of Kislev.
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(Judaism) An eight-day Jewish festival, starting on the 25th day of Kislev, which commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek Syrians.
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Origin of hanukkah

  • Hebrew ḥănukkâ dedication from ḥānak to train, dedicate ḥnk in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originated 1890–95. From Hebrew חנוכה \ חֲנֻכָּה (khanuká, “dedication, consecration”) from חָנַךְ (khanákh, “to dedicate, to consecrate”).

    From Wiktionary