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[khah-luh, hah] /ˈxɑ lə, ˈhɑ/
a loaf of rich white bread leavened with yeast and containing eggs, often braided before baking, prepared especially for the Jewish Sabbath.
Also, challeh, hallah.
Origin of challah
< Hebrew hallāh Unabridged
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Examples from the web for challah
  • Fresh-baked challah is soaked in an egg batter and original spices, fried and topped with cinnamon and sugar.
  • It is customary to have challah, two braided loaves of bread, on the table.
  • challah is sometimes sweetened using honey and sometimes includes raisins.
British Dictionary definitions for challah


/ˈhɑːlə; Hebrew xaˈla/
noun (pl) -lahs, -loth (Hebrew) (-ˈlɔt)
bread, usually in the form of a plaited loaf, traditionally eaten by Jews to celebrate the Sabbath
Word Origin
from Hebrew hallāh
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Word Origin and History for challah

from Yiddish khale, from Hebrew chala "loaf of bread."

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