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 kosher (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

Adjective Something about this deal is just not kosher.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the bowl of a food processor, process garlic with a pinch of kosher salt until finely chopped. Dallas News, "Our favorite spring delicacy? Fresh fava beans," 10 Apr. 2021 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 3 to 4 cups of water, the chicken and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Katie Workman, Washington Post, "Make a spring Cobb salad the centerpiece of a festive and thrifty Easter brunch," 29 Mar. 2021 He was enticed by the handwritten letters that arrived almost daily, as well as the proximity of an Orthodox rabbi who served as West Point’s Jewish chaplain, and a kosher restaurant that delivered. Los Angeles Times, "Next ‘Jewish Jordan’? Can L.A.’s Ryan Turell be the first Orthodox Jewish NBA player?," 17 Mar. 2021 The Ralphs supermarket in L.A.'s Pico-Robertson neighborhood is popular in the Jewish community for its extensive kosher selections. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Biden’s Iran dilemma," 5 Apr. 2021 Virtual event attendees can take advantage of area kosher restaurants’ Yom Ha’atzmaut specials to enjoy during the event. cleveland, "Celebrate Israel’s 73rd Independence Day April 15 with the Jewish Federation: Press Run," 2 Apr. 2021 This was a strange protestation for an author whose subjects include overbearing Jewish parents and rebellious sons, circumcision, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and the diasporic condition (as well as unexpected uses for kosher liver). The Economist, "Philip Roth’s uneventful turmoil," 31 Mar. 2021 Dnepro, a city in eastern Ukraine, has another factory, Tiferet Hamatzot, that specializes in shmurah matzah, a handmade product that some Jews favor because of the strict kosher standards of its production. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Jews in the former Soviet Union consume the most matzah globally," 30 Mar. 2021 In a larger plastic bag, add plenty of ice and a few tablespoons of kosher salt. Katy Severson,, "How to make ice cream," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The kitchens at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where AIPAC has been held for the past few years, have been koshered to serve upward of 18,000 people. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "AIPAC attendees face dearth of kosher options beyond $150 Trump hotel meals," 3 Mar. 2020 Rather than ask Medina to bring in a portable kitchen, as the company normally does, the hotel koshered one of its kitchens with the help of the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "AIPAC attendees face dearth of kosher options beyond $150 Trump hotel meals," 3 Mar. 2020 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 In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Sticky Toffee-Date Cake," 19 Mar. 2021 In a small serving bowl, stir together the yogurt, juice of 1/2 lime, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Avoid the oven! Here are five recipes to make this week.," 27 July 2020 Duffrin points out that one teaspoon of table salt is generally equivalent to 1 1/4 teaspoons of kosher salt. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "STEM tricks to teach your at-home cooks," 20 May 2020 Mix together 1¼ cups sugar (preferably organic) and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt in a small bowl. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "Rhubarb Shrub is Spring in a Bottle," 15 May 2020 Lightly dust flour over salmon skin and season all sides with kosher salt. Gerrad Hall,, "Need an at-home date night meal? Queer Eye's Antoni has you covered with a Fab 5-course menu," 14 May 2020 The precise amount depends on many factors, but, as a start, try ¼ cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt to 4 quarts water. Ali Slagle, New York Times, "If You Can Boil Water, You Can Make Dinner," 12 May 2020 Previously obtained surveillance video from The Yeshiva World captured the moment when two shooters, identified by authorities as Anderson and Graham, opened fire on the kosher supermarket. Laura Ly And Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Surveillance and police body camera video in Jersey City kosher market shooting released," 21 Feb. 2020 Two days later, an accomplice who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group seized hostages inside a kosher supermarket. Lori Hinnant,, "France grimly marks 5 years since Charlie Hebdo attack," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Kosher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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