Meaning of dreidel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdreɪd(ə)l/


(also dreidl)
  • 1A small four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, used in a children's game traditionally played at the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

    ‘Schools planning ‘holiday season’ programs have been instructed to not include any icons or images in their pamphlets or concert programs that might be construed as religious symbols; for example, Christmas trees or dreidels.’
    • ‘The holidays are rich with traditions, from exchanging gifts and spinning dreidels to more personalized rituals like sharing family recipes and lending a helping hand at local shelters.’
    • ‘Sleigh bells are ringing, dreidels are spinning, and your two-week vacation is just around the corner.’
    • ‘One year I will get too frustrated and start sending everyone cards with dreidels on them.’
    • ‘Jane wiped her watering eyes and turned to look at the spinning dreidel.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The children's game played with a dreidel.


From Yiddish dreydl; compare with German drehen ‘to turn’.