Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

Etymologies

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

[Mishnaic Hebrew qiddûš, sanctification, from Hebrew qiddēš, to sanctify, derived stem of qādaš, to be holy; see qdš in Semitic roots.]

Examples

  • The Hebrew word Kiddush means a prayer recited at the beginning of the Sabbath or holiday, but can also refer to a reception held just after services, often in conjunction with a Bar Mitzvah.

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  • Immediately following the service there was Kiddush, which is the prayer said over wine, and traditionally announces the beginning of the Sabbath.

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  • Thus, too, with regard to the mitzvah of Kiddush, which is equally obligatory for both men and women: a common practice was that in the event that a woman’s husband was not present, another man would “volunteer” to bless the wine for her.

    Observance of Mitzvot: Custom and Halakhah.

  • Following the services, some programs include a "Kiddush" or a lunch.

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  • Following the services, some programs include a "Kiddush" or a lunch.

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  • Following the services, some programs include a "Kiddush" or a lunch.

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  • Can it be used for ritual purposes for which wine is used such as Kiddush?

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  • Publicizing the miracle is so critical for the rabbis that they are willing to say that in certain situations, kindling the Hanukkah lights even takes precedence over reciting Kiddush over wine on Shabbat Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 23b.

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  • Publicizing the miracle is so critical for the rabbis that they are willing to say that in certain situations, kindling the Hanukkah lights even takes precedence over reciting Kiddush over wine on Shabbat Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 23b.

    Idit Klein: Gilda Radner And Hanukkah Lights: A Coming Out Story

  • He then deliberately concealed them under a silver Kiddush cup in the breakfront.

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