from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Judaism An eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the victory in 165 B.C. of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes (c. 215-164 B.C.) and the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem. Also called Feast of Dedication, Feast of Lights.
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- proper n. A Jewish eight-day festival starting on the 25th day of Kislev, that commemorates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek Syrians.
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- n. (Judaism) an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC
Hebrew ḥănukkâ, dedication, from ḥānak, to train, dedicate; see ḥnk in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1890–95 From Hebrew חנוכה \ חֲנֻכָּה (khanuká, "dedication, consecration") from חָנַךְ (khanákh, "to dedicate, to consecrate"). (Wiktionary)