ko·​sher | \ ˈkō-shər \

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 \

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

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 Add ¼ cup red wine vinegar and 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "Unclutter Your Cooking," 30 Mar. 2018

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

During Sukkot, Jews sit in a Sukkah—a temporary dwelling that in order to be kosher cannot be too tall or sturdy, and whose roof must be made of raw, unfinished vegetable matter with apertures. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "The Sunshine of the Vanities," 27 Sep. 2018 Also, there are often ceilings on how much a beauty brand will donate, which is kosher as long as between that cap and the minimum donation, more money is donated if more products are sold. Jessica Chia, Allure, "How to Tell If a Beauty Brand's Philanthropic Initiatives Are Just Smoke and Mirrors," 27 July 2018 Ayalla was raised in an observant household and strives to keep kosher when possible. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Israeli-Ethiopian Instagram Heartthrob Andebet Ayalla Is Breaking Local Modeling Boundaries," 5 Sep. 2018 Further investigation linked the outbreak with kosher chicken products, especially the brand Empire Kosher. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Empire Kosher Chicken Linked to Salmonella Outbreak That's Killed One and Sickened 16 So Far," 30 Aug. 2018 Kimatova said there were only four or five families left who kept kosher and followed Jewish traditions. Andrew Higgins,, "In Bukhara, 10,000 Jewish graves but just 150 Jews," 7 Apr. 2018 The rules for keeping kosher are more stringent during Passover, so food and drinks made especially for the holiday proliferate. Greg Garrison,, "What is Passover? Here are some facts about the biblical holiday," 30 Mar. 2018 Whisk in the brown sugar, cornmeal and kosher salt. 5. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Tonka-Bean Caramel 80g cream Zest of 1 orange, finely grated 1 tonka bean, finely grated (or seeds of 1 vanilla bean, or 10 cloves) 100g sugar 20g water 14g butter ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 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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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 \

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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