dreidel dreidel, dreidl dreidl(dr[=a]d"'l), n. 1. a toy shaped somewhat like a top, but having four flat sides, each marked with one of the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, he, or shin. It is spun like a top, and the letter showing when it stops spinning determines the outcome of a game of chance. [PJC]

2. a game of chance played with a dreidel[1], most commonly by children at Hannukah. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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