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also drei·dl  (drād′l)
A toy similar to a spinning top used in games of chance played by children and adults at Hanukkah.

[Yiddish dreydl, from dreyen, to turn, from Middle High German dræjen, from Old High German drāen.]


(Judaism) a four sided spinning top, played with chiefly by children during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah


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(ˈdreɪd l)

n., pl. -dels, -del.
1. a four-sided top bearing Hebrew letters, used in a children's game traditionally played on Hanukkah.
2. the game itself.
[1925–30; < Yiddish dreydl=drey(en) to rotate, turn (< Middle High German dræ(je)n, dræhen; compare German. drehen) + -dl n. suffix]
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They gathered for Passover seders and celebrated Hanukkah with latkes and dreidl playing and trips to Ohrbach's department store for gifts.
Among the large number of examples he discusses is the use of the dreidl or top which children play with at Hanukkah.
But does she have Rebecca's Shabbat accessories (teeny challah, samovar, tea, and candlesticks) for $68, her Hanukkah set (itty-bitty menorah, wooden dreidl, and gelt) for $22, her schoolbag (eensy-weensy bagel, rugelach, pickles, and "you're a grand old flag" sheet music) for $36, or her Coney Island souvenirs (infinitesimal postcards, Steeplechase Park flyer, music box that plays "over the waves" and admission token) for $32?
The victory and the oil are the miracles of Hanukkah, marked by eating latkes (potato pancakes fried in oil), playing a game with the dreidl (a spinning top) and lighting the menorah.
14) The courts have also had to decide the constitutionality of one school district's policy of recognizing the Christmas and Chanukah holidays with menorah, dreidl, and nativity scene symbols on its bulletin boards and another's lack of religious symbolism at an elementary "Winter Holiday" program.
But it is also a time of gifts to children, which include gelt (money to encourage study) and the famous spinning game top called the dreidl.