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

Adjective Something about this deal is just not kosher.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The recipe calls for a brined or kosher turkey, which ensures juicy meat. oregonlive, "Thanksgiving turkey: Our 12 all-time top recipes," 21 Nov. 2019 The house had two kitchens, one featuring a French chef, the other kept strictly kosher for observant guests. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 The general proportions are 6 parts kosher salt, 2 parts coarse sea salt, 1 part garlic and herbs, and a half teaspoon of red chile flakes and ground pepper. Washington Post, "The food isn’t ready til you add the `finishing touch’," 23 Dec. 2019 The most basic brine solution is 2 cups kosher salt (or 1-1/2 cups table salt) to 2 gallons of cold water. oregonlive, "Thanksgiving turkey: How much to buy, how long to thaw, how to roast," 15 Nov. 2019 Place 4 to 5 lemon wedges inside chicken cavity, and sprinkle chicken all over with the remaining 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Diane J. Cho,, "Build Your Thanksgiving Menu with These Food & Cocktail Recipes from Your Favorite Celebs," 22 Nov. 2019 Variations Salted Chocolate Chunk Walnut Oatmeal Cookies Sprinkle the tops of the dough balls lightly with flaky sea salt, fleur de sel or kosher salt before baking. Los Angeles Times, "These hearty chocolate chunk cookies are what you need right now," 1 Oct. 2019 Season steaks on each side with kosher salt and pepper., "Recipe: Grilled Wagyu Rib-Eye Steak," 12 Aug. 2019 Add the breadcrumbs, eggs, feta cheese, garlic, oregano, dill, onion powder, kosher salt, red peppers, and pine nuts to the bowl. oregonlive, "This little meatloaf is jam packed with flavor," 19 Mar. 2019 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 The festivities in Iraq featured kosher wine, matzahs and cans of gefilte fish sent from New York, and Jewish men and women in uniform singing traditional Shabbat songs and discussing the weekly Torah portion. Larry Luxner,, "Shabbat Project aims to unite world’s Jews in spirit of Sabbath," 5 Nov. 2019 In a bowl, combine the shrimp, coconut milk, lime zest, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. NBC News, "A better, healthier way to make coconut shrimp," 14 Jan. 2020 Make the saltwater solution: Fill a medium saucepan with the water, add the kosher salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "Two Ways to Cook a Roasted Leg of Venison," 13 Jan. 2020 Homemade Pizza Dough 1 packet dry active yeast (approximately 2 tsp) 1 1/4 Cup warm water 1 tsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 Cups flour Instructions: 1., "This grilled bacon marmalade pizza is all you need for National Bacon Day," 30 Dec. 2019 In the most violent incident, four people were shot and killed in nearby Jersey City in an anti-Semitic attack that targeted a kosher deli on Dec. 10. Tara Law, Time, "Man Arrested After Five People Stabbed at Hanukkah Celebration in New York. Here's What to Know," 29 Dec. 2019 The uptick in anti-Semitic crimes came less than two weeks after the targeted attack and shootout at a kosher deli in Jersey City that left several dead. Fox News, "NYPD investigating 6th anti-Semitic attack in less than 4 days: 'Enough is enough'," 27 Dec. 2019 Pulse walnuts, butter, 1/4 cup/50 grams sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and a pinch of kosher salt in a food processor until finely ground. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Desserts that bring the party, but not the fuss," 21 Dec. 2019 Officials said Anderson and Graham then moved to a kosher deli, where 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, 31-year-old Mindel Ferencz, and 49-year-old Douglas Miguel Rodríguez were shopping. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Jersey City shooting victims identified: "It's one of the hardest things you have to see"," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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3 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kosher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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