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 a small bowl, combine the kosher salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, and dry mustard., 14 June 2022 The tips are removable and can be fitted with candles, making the menorah kosher. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 9 Dec. 2020 Community leaders estimate that the number of resident observant Jews in Dubai has doubled, to 500, in the last year, and at least five kosher restaurants have opened in that time. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 31 May 2022 In the Hasidic section of South Williamsburg, the Department of Transportation striped a white corridor down a particularly chaotic section of Bedford Avenue, home to kosher grocery stores and Hasidic apartment buildings. Zoë Beery, The Atlantic, 31 May 2022 The founder, Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz, built up his little West End matzo bakery into the mass production of kosher Jewish foods. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2022 Later that same year, three shoppers were shot dead at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey. Globe Staff,, 17 May 2022 At her local kosher butcher shop, the prices were rising even higher: more than $200 for a 5-pack of short ribs. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Jewish patients and their families are able to keep their kosher practices during their stay at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami with a new lounge that has opened there. Sergio Carmona, Sun Sentinel, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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,, 26 Nov. 2021 Rodents displayed some not-very-kosher behavior last week inside Kosher Cuisine, a Hollywood catering company, leaving behind 181 droppings and a burrowing hole in the kitchen. Phillip Valys,, 11 Oct. 2021 Toss on a rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and a few good cranks of black pepper until well coated. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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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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