Definition of challah
challotplay \ˈḵä-ˌlōt, -ˌlōth, -ˌlōs, ˈhä-\ or
challasplay \ˈḵä-ləz, ˈhä-\ or
hallot\ˈḵä-ˌlōt, -ˌlōth, -ˌlōs, ˈhä-\ or
: egg-rich yeast-leavened bread that is usually braided or twisted before baking and is traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath and holidays
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Less than a 100 meters away, Bretzel Bakery, a holdover from Portobello’s Jewish heyday, has stood in the same corner building since the late 19th century and still bakes its challah from the original recipe.
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When English speakers first borrowed challah from Yiddish, they couldn't quite settle on a single spelling, so the word showed up in several forms; challah, challa, hallah, and the plural forms challoth, challot, halloth, and hallot were all common enough to merit inclusion in Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged when it was released in 1961. Today, challah and the anglicized plural challahs are the variants that are usually encountered by English speakers. The initial ch of challah is frequently pronounced as a velar fricative, like the ch in the German Buch or the Scottish English loch.
Origin and Etymology of challah
Yiddish khale, from Hebrew ḥallāh
First Known Use: 1907See Words from the same year
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