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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Judaism) an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • HANUKKAH CANDLE: Poland's president lit a Hanukkah candle and distributed gifts to Jewish children on Sunday in Warsaw, continuing a tradition started by his predecessor of marking the Jewish holiday.

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  • HANUKKAH CANDLE: Poland’s president lit a Hanukkah candle and distributed gifts to Jewish children on Sunday in Warsaw, continuing a tradition started by his predecessor of marking the Jewish holiday.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • We were also given a choice to keep our children at home for an optional "winter celebration" on the last day before winter break, presumably to avoid the possibility another student might say something scandalous like the word "Hanukkah" or accidentally wish someone "Happy Holidays".

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  • You see, Hanukkah, not being a holiday mentioned in the Jewish Bible, and celebrated by the Maccabees as a festival of the Temple's re-dedication the word "Hanukkah" means "dedication", was at best a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar for many centuries.

    Shawna Dolansky: The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

  • Hanukkah is early this year -- December 1st -- so by these timings, your Hanukkah gifts should be postmarked by October 19 via Parcel Post Mail.

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  • Hanukkah is a wonderful holiday, full of joy and significance, and perfectly appropriate for Christians, including Mormons, to celebrate.

    Orrin Hatch does Hanukkah

  • The word Hanukkah derives from the Hebrew verb חנך, meaning "to dedicate."

    Kristen Houghton: Rededicate Your Marriage At Hanukkah

  • Hanukkah is one Jewish holiday where I feel right at home food-wise, since I grew up eating latkes.

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  • The word Hanukkah and the Hebrew word for education both come from the same root word that means "to dedicate."

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2005

  • They said that if you go to the Web site and you put in the word Hanukkah, you get 200 items listed, Kwanzaa, you get 77.

    CNN Transcript Nov 11, 2005

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