Meaning of menorah in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˈnɔːrə/


  • 1A candelabrum used in Jewish worship, especially one with eight branches and a central socket used at Hanukkah.

    ‘In music or poetry, one thinks of an octave, in Jewish ritual, a menorah with eight branches.’
    • ‘As we enter the house with the mezuzah on one side and the Chanukah menorah on the other, there is no mistaking the Jewish focus of the home.’
    • ‘Ritual Jewish art includes beautifully crafted menorahs, wine cups, candlesticks, tallilot (prayer shawls), and other ceremonial objects.’
    • ‘As part of the celebrations a menorah was lit and although there was only enough oil to light the menorah for a day, it stayed alight for eight days.’
    • ‘Staff at Turton High School's Media Arts College have put on display religious objects ranging from a Jewish menorah candlestick to Hindu figurines.’
    1. 1.1the MenorahA sacred candelabrum with seven branches used in the ancient temple in Jerusalem.
      ‘If you go to Rome today you can visit Titus' Triumphal Arch which bears the engraved image of the Menorah from the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem being carried victoriously into Rome.’
      • ‘Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, lasts eight days, and each evening, an additional candle is lit on the Menorah.’
      • ‘Every night, Father would light the Menorah and let it burn itself out.’
      • ‘The night of the 22nd is our Hanukkah party at the White House, where we light the Menorah.’
      • ‘Of the thirty-three Hanukkah cards, twenty-six, or 79 percent, feature a Star of David or Menorah.’


Hebrew mĕnōrāh, from a Semitic base shared with minaret.