ko·​sher | \ ˈkō-shər How to pronounce kosher (audio) \

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\ ˈkō-​sh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce koshering (audio) \

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

The ruling, which contrasts with U.S. regulations, also applies to kosher slaughter methods. ... Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Halal and ‘Organic’ Don’t Mix in EU Ruling," 26 Feb. 2019 Vanilla Pastry Cream 750g milk 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped 2g kosher salt ½ gelatin leaf 180g egg yolks 188g sugar 60g flour 1. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 Ingredients for the poached egg: 4 farm fresh eggs 1 gallon boiling water 2 tablespoons kosher salt Directions for the poached egg: Boil water, salt & vinegar. House Beautiful, "Miles Angelo's Duck Capelletti Forestiere at Kitchen of the Year," 20 July 2012 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

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

Toss together Broccolini, olive oil, and kosher salt and black pepper in a bowl. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Grilled Lemon Broccolini," 26 June 2019 Toss with extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 SAW’s Coleslaw 1/8 cup water 2 tablespoons yellow mustard 1/3 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1½tablespoons sweet relish 1/3 teaspoon celery salt 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1. Derek Herscovici,, "5 recipes for popular restaurant barbecue accompaniments," 4 June 2019 Combine mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, fresh chives, Dijon mustard, and kosher salt and black pepper in a bowl. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Classic Lobster Rolls," 22 May 2019 But there’s always this traditional part of me that kept the Jewish laws like being kosher and the Sabbath. Anonymous, Glamour, "What I Wore to Get Divorced," 29 Nov. 2018 Not everyone is made of money—something stylists understand all too well—so don’t be embarrassed to ask them what’s kosher. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "What No One Tells You About Tipping at the Hair Salon," 12 Dec. 2018 In January 2015, a total of 17 people were killed in attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a kosher grocery store and the Paris suburb of Montrouge. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Paris attacker who stabbed 5 was on police watch list, official says," 13 May 2018 New York’s state attorney general polices everything from kosher delis that owe their employees back pay to hedge funds that are ripping off investors. Chris Smith, The Hive, "“It Won’t Change a Thing In Regard to Mueller”: Why Schneiderman’s Fall Won’t Hurt—And Could Actually Help—The Russia Investigation," 8 May 2018

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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

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Yiddish, from Hebrew kāshēr fit, proper

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The first known use of kosher was in 1851

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English Language Learners Definition of kosher

: accepted by Jewish law as fit for eating or drinking
: selling or serving kosher food
informal : proper or acceptable


ko·​sher | \ ˈkō-shər How to pronounce kosher (audio) \

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

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