kosher

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adjective

ko·​sher ˈkō-shər How to pronounce kosher (audio)
1
a
: 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?

kosher

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verb

koshered; koshering ˈkō-sh(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce kosher (audio)

transitive verb

: to make kosher

kosher

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noun

: 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 a large bowl, whisk together the semolina and all-purpose flours, along with the kosher salt. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 Add 2 large eggs, a big pinch of kosher salt, a big pinch of freshly ground pepper, and a small splash of water. Emma Laperruque, Bon Appétit, 1 Apr. 2024 The first is an affordable kosher wine from Chile that hits the right notes for the grape variety. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Drizzle the leeks and lemon with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 One client, for example, needed a last-minute, after-midnight jewelry store appointment in Lima to pick out his wife’s present, and another requested a strict kosher trip to Argentina with dinner at a local rabbi’s home. 12. The Editors, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 In order to pay tribute to the Jewish holidays, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico now offers new kosher and kosher-lite dining options for guests. Roger Sands, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2024 Product Details: Protein source: Whey protein concentrate Serving size: 1 scoop (19.79 g) Protein per serving: 13 grams Sugar per serving: 2 grams Dietary considerations: Gluten-free, kosher Third-party tested: No Should My Child Take Protein Powders or Shakes? Tamar Kane, Ms, Rd, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 Part of the rebrand is to make Manischewitz a recognizable, cultural culinary brand, appealing to the masses, not just those who specifically seek out the kosher aisle for dietary customs. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024
Verb
My writing was starting to find its place in the world, and did not need Dylan to kosher it. Sam Sussman, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 3 Mar. 2020 One contains clothes, the others kosher steaks and cheese. Amie Ferris-Rotman, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2017
Noun
The New York Police Department's Hate Crimes Task Force announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with an incident in which a Jewish man and his son were shot with a BB gun outside a Staten Island kosher market. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 6 Dec. 2022 For four pounds of russets, the best formula is 2 cups of whole milk, 12 tablespoons of unsalted butter, then a generous shower of kosher or sea salt to taste. Mackensy Lunsford, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2022 Pulse in garlic, lemon zest and juice, crushed red pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2022 Manischewitz, the biggest matzo manufacturer in the country, raised prices on its kosher-for-Passover matzo by 10 percent to 15 percent this year, according to grocers, which means the loss on that loss leader just went up by double digits. Noah Sheidlower, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 Available for a limited time, the hamantashen cookies come from a commercial kosher bakery called Reisman’s in Brooklyn. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 15 Mar. 2022 In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, the chilies, onion and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2022 The rub can be as simple as an equally mixed blend of kosher or sea salt with coarse ground black pepper. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Jan. 2022 At the same time, Diamond sees a benefit in the very fact that the Pikesville area can support two full-size kosher supermarkets. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 26 Nov. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Yiddish, from Hebrew kāshēr fit, proper

First Known Use

Adjective

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kosher was in 1851

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“Kosher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kosher. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

kosher

adjective
ko·​sher
ˈkō-shər
1
a
: accepted 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
: proper sense 4
made sure the deal was kosher

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