chanukiah

Alternative Spellings

chanukia, chanukiyah, hanukiah, hanukia

Definitions

  • Nine-branched menorah / candelabrum used on Chanukah

Example Sentences

  • On the first night of Chanukah, you put one candle on the right side of your Chanukiah

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew, Ladino

Etymology

Modern Hebrew חנוכייה, originally from Ladino hanukía

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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