A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter printed on each side. It is used during Hanukkah to play a popular children's game that involves spinning the dreidel and betting on which Hebrew letter will be showing when the dreidel stops spinning. Children usually play for a pot of gelt — chocolate coins covered in gold-colored tin foil — but they can also play for candy, nuts, raisins, or any small treat.
A dreidel ( Yiddish : דרײדל dreydl plural: dreydlekh ,  Hebrew : סביבון sevivon ) is a four-sided spinning top , played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah . The dreidel is a Jewish variant on the teetotum , a gambling toy found in many European cultures.