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or Ha·nu·kah also Cha·nu·kah  (KHä′nə-kə, hä′-)
n. Judaism
An eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the victory in 165 bc of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes (c. 215-164 bc) and the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem. Also called Feast of Dedication, Feast of Lights, Festival of Lights.

[Hebrew ḥănukkâ, dedication, from ḥānak, to train, dedicate; see ḥnk in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈhɑːnəkə; -nʊˌkɑː; Hebrew xanuˈka) ,




(Judaism) the eight-day Jewish festival of lights beginning on the 25th of Kislev and commemorating the rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabaeus in 165 bc. Also called: Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights
[from Hebrew, literally: a dedication]
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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]
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Noun1.Hanukkah - (Judaism) an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BCHanukkah - (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)
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Hanukah, Chanukah [ˈhɑːnəkə] nHanoukka f
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