dreidel

(redirected from dreidls)
click for a larger image
dreidel

drei·del

also drei·dl  (drād′l)
n.
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

dreidel

(ˈdreɪdəl)
n
(Judaism) a four sided spinning top, played with chiefly by children during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

drei•del

art at dressmaker
(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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The menorah was lit, blessings chanted, dreidls spun, children humoured and latkes consumed.
Do you cover your head, wear a wig, put on tefillin, hang a mezuzah on your door, sleep in separate beds, eat cold food out, light menorahs, spin dreidles...."