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[Sephardic Hebrew kee-doosh; Ashkenazic Hebrew kid-uh sh] /Sephardic Hebrew kiˈduʃ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈkɪd əʃ/
noun, Judaism.
a blessing recited over a cup of wine or over bread on the Sabbath or on a festival.
Origin of Kiddush
< Hebrew qiddūsh literally, sanctification Unabridged
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  • On the contrary, he was to promote the Kiddush Hashem "the sanctification of the Name."

    Chosen Peoples Israel Zangwill
  • And her Kiddush is his Kiddush—the same low, dignified chant, the same sweetness.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • And the guest took the cup of wine from my father's hand, and recited a Kiddush.

    Yiddish Tales Various
  • It is only when the time comes for saying Kiddush that my father and the guest hold a Hebrew conversation.

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  • After the Skul rabbi's Kiddush and Havdoleh, she will listen to no other; she says her own over cake or currant wine.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • I thought of my comrades, how they would have laughed, what slaps would have rained down, had they been present at that Kiddush.

    Yiddish Tales Various
  • A Kiddush such as we had never heard before, and shall never hear again.

    Yiddish Tales Various
British Dictionary definitions for Kiddush


/ˈkɪdəʃ; Hebrew kɪˈdʊʃ/
noun (Judaism)
a special blessing said before a meal on sabbaths and festivals, usually including the blessing for wine or bread
a reception usually for the congregants after a service at which drinks and snacks are served and this grace is said
Word Origin
from Hebrew qiddūsh sanctification
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