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.
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)