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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism The traditional blessing and prayer recited over wine on the eve of the Sabbath or a festival.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Jewish use a form of sanctification of the Jewish sabbaths and festivals.

Etymologies

Mishnaic Hebrew qiddûš, sanctification, from Hebrew qiddēš, to sanctify, derived stem of qādaš, to be holy; see qdš in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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