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 (KHä′nə-kə, hä′-)
Variant of Hanukkah.


(ˈhɑːnəkə; -nʊˌkɑː; Hebrew xanuˈka)
(Judaism) a variant spelling of Hanukkah


or Cha•nu•kah

(ˈhɑ nə kə, ˈxɑ-)

an eight-day Jewish festival starting on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees following their victory over the Syrians and characterized chiefly by the lighting of the menorah.
[1890–95; < Hebrew ḥănukkāh literally, a dedicating]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chanukah - (Judaism) an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BCChanukah - (Judaism) an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
Jewish holy day - a religious holiday for Jews
Chislev, Kislev - the third month of the civil year; the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in November and December)
Tebet, Tevet - the fourth month of the civil year; the tenth month of the ecclesiastical year (in December and January)


[ˈhɑːnʊkɑː] n (= Hanukkah) → Hanoukka f
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