Kiddush definition

kĭdəsh, kē-do͝osh
The traditional blessing and prayer recited over wine on the eve of the Sabbath or a festival.
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(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.
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A blessing recited over wine or grape juice in commemoration of the sanctity of the Shabbat or other Jewish holy day.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kiddush
Plural:
kiddushes, kiddushim

Origin of kiddush

  • Mishnaic Hebrew qiddûš sanctification from Hebrew qiddēš to sanctify derived stem of qādaš to be holy qdš in Semitic roots

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

  • Hebrew קידוש‎ (kidúsh, “kiddush”, literally “sanctification”).

    From Wiktionary