ko·​sher | \ˈkō-shər \

Definition of kosher 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : sanctioned by Jewish law especially : ritually fit for use kosher meat

b : selling or serving food ritually fit according to Jewish law a kosher restaurant

2 : being proper, acceptable, or satisfactory is the deal kosher?


koshered; koshering\ -​sh(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of kosher (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make kosher



Definition of kosher (Entry 3 of 3)

: the observance of kosher practices keep kosher

Examples of kosher in a Sentence


Something about this deal is just not kosher.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine butter, honey, hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Corn Wheels with Hot Honey Butter," 26 June 2018 In the event that bidding over what news is kosher devolves into partisan squabbling or something like that, Civil has a contingency plan: A council led by former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller that will behave like the network’s Supreme Court. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Can blockchain save journalism? Manoush Zomorodi doesn’t know, either, but she’s going to find out.," 12 July 2018 Transfer to a platter and sprinkle fried side with kosher salt. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Niçoise Toast," 28 May 2018 JFS’s Foodmobile serves San Diegans of any, or no, faith, providing hot, kosher meals to homebound seniors and younger adults with disabilities. Michele Parente,, "San Diego's meal delivery and nutrition programs," 27 Apr. 2018 In a large pot over high heat, combine vinegar, water, 3 to 4 tablespoons kosher salt, and 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar and bring to a boil. Steven Satterfield, Country Living, "Food & Drinks," 1 Feb. 2011 Add ¼ cup red wine vinegar and 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "Unclutter Your Cooking," 30 Mar. 2018 Toss with 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, 1/2 cup finely grated pecorino Romano, 2 teaspoons Tajín Clásico seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "DIY projects: elegant table linens, instant art, winning storage solutions and more | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018 Transfer tomato pulp to a small bowl and season lightly with kosher salt. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Sea Bream Crudo with Lemon and Olives," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One contains clothes, the others kosher steaks and cheese. Amie Ferris-rotman, WSJ, "A Rabbi Strives to Make His Corner of Siberia Kosher Again," 26 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add 1 cup toasted pepitas, 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Savory Pumpkin Soup with Spice Shake," 30 Oct. 2018 Beat in confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and kosher salt until smooth. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 And everyone inside the silo is kosher, and everyone outside is alien. Alina Tugend, New York Times, "Colleges Grapple With Where — or Whether — to Draw the Line on Free Speech," 5 June 2018 As well as being gluten-free, the tortillas are vegan, kosher and non-GMO certified., "Product spotlight: vegan tortillas from Potapas," 9 May 2018 The food, all freshly prepared on-site, can cover any special dietary, cultural or religious requirements (including vegetarian, kosher and halal meals). Simon Perry,, "Inside the Hospital Where Kate Middleton Is Delivering the Royal Baby," 23 Apr. 2018 When the rainwater is commingled with it, it is rendered kosher and ready. Kristin E. Holmes,, "A mikvah building boomlet as Jewish ritual baths open around the region," 12 Apr. 2018 Recipe courtesy Sunkist Makes a generous 1/2 cup 2 tablespoons lemon zest 2 tablespoons orange zest 1/2 cup kosher or coarse flake sea salt Combine ingredients together in a glass baking dish or other small shallow container. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "California citrus: Short crop long on flavor," 6 Feb. 2018 Many flock to this local haunt for the kosher and vegan options. Tiffany Leigh, Vogue, "Where to Find the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Madrid," 7 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kosher.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kosher


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1871, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kosher


Yiddish, from Hebrew kāshēr fit, proper


see kosher entry 1


see kosher entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kosher

Statistics for kosher

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for kosher

The first known use of kosher was in 1851

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for kosher



English Language Learners Definition of kosher

: accepted by Jewish law as fit for eating or drinking

: selling or serving kosher food

: proper or acceptable


ko·​sher | \ˈkō-shər \

Kids Definition of kosher

1 : accepted by Jewish law as fit for use kosher food

2 : selling or serving food that is accepted as fit for use according to Jewish law a kosher restaurant

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on kosher

Spanish Central: Translation of kosher

Nglish: Translation of kosher for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about kosher

Comments on kosher

What made you want to look up kosher? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!