tzim·​mes ˈtsi-məs How to pronounce tzimmes (audio)
: a sweetened combination of vegetables (such as carrots and potatoes) or of meat and vegetables often with dried fruits (such as prunes) that is stewed or baked in a casserole

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Depending on the day of the week, chopped liver can be followed by a Saturday cholent or a Shabbat dinner matzo ball soup, chicken, potato kugel, and tzimmes. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 9 Sep. 2022 Sides of sweet potato-carrot tzimmes with prunes, green beans and macaroons for dessert complete this classic meal. Holly Baumbach,, 25 Mar. 2021 The menu includes matzo ball soup, red wine and port braised brisket, tri-colored carrot tzimmes, and quinoa pilaf with red beets and kale. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 The meals come with charoset, matzo, matzo ball soup, roast brisket, and tzimmes made with carrots, sweet potatoes and prunes with honey. Josie Sexton, The Know, 6 Apr. 2020

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Word History


Yiddish tsimes, from Middle High German z, zuo at, to + imbīz light meal

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tzimmes was in 1892

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“Tzimmes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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