challah

noun chal·lah \ ˈḵä-lə , ˈhä- \
variants: or less commonly challa or
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of challah

plural challoth or challot play \ˈḵä-ˌlōt, -ˌlōth, -ˌlōs, ˈhä-\ or challahs also challas play \ˈḵä-ləz, ˈhä-\ or halloth or hallot play \ˈḵä-ˌlōt, -ˌlōth, -ˌlōs, ˈhä-\ or hallahs play \ˈḵä-ləz, ˈhä-\
: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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challah Comes From Yiddish

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

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