gefilte fish


ge·​fil·​te fish gə-ˈfil-tə- How to pronounce gefilte fish (audio)
: balls or cakes of seasoned minced fish usually simmered in a fish stock or baked in a tomato sauce

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An all-day restaurant, Boubalé, serves modern takes on Jewish favorites like gefilte fish, challah and kreplach, and there are two bars, one of them a speakeasy-style lounge with marbleized wallpaper and Murano glass ceiling lights. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2023 There are also some things like our gefilte fish, which is homemade and not out of a jar. Max Abrams, Chicago Tribune, 16 Dec. 2022 Tapeworm infection is most likely to occur in the Jewish population during Passover when gefilte fish is much in demand (9). Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 27 Sep. 2011 Feast on a Rosh Hashana dinner featuring apples and honey, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, potato pancakes, brisket and apple crostata at the restaurant, or pick it up to go Sept. 25-26. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 The package for six people costs $259.94 and includes gefilte fish, chopped liver, chicken noodle soup and matzo balls. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 Add-ons include noodle kugel ($35), gefilte fish ($7.50) and sweet potato and zucchini latkes ($21). Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Recipients also got items for a meal, including a kosher chicken and gefilte fish. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 It's typically served with gefilte fish or beef brisket, or eaten on matzo. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Yiddish, literally, stuffed fish

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gefilte fish was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Gefilte fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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