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kosher

[koh-sher] /ˈkoʊ ʃər/
adjective
1.
Judaism.
  1. fit or allowed to be eaten or used, according to the dietary or ceremonial laws:
    kosher meat; kosher dishes; a kosher tallith.
  2. adhering to the laws governing such fitness:
    a kosher restaurant.
2.
Informal.
  1. proper; legitimate.
  2. genuine; authentic.
noun
3.
Informal. kosher food:
Let's eat kosher tonight.
verb (used with object)
4.
Judaism. to make kosher:
to kosher meat by salting.
Idioms
5.
keep kosher, to adhere to the dietary laws of Judaism.
Also, kasher.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; 1920-25 for def 2; < Yiddish < Hebrew kāshēr right, fit
Related forms
nonkosher, adjective, noun
unkosher, adjective
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Examples from the web for kosher
  • Many mainstream manufacturers are reformulating their products to meet kosher requirements.
  • kosher laws proscribe pork and shellfish and prohibit mixing meat and dairy products.
  • kosher and scenic restaurants receive special attention.
  • kosher turkeys are prepared under rabbinical supervision.
  • In a large stock pot, combine two gallons of water and two cups of kosher salt.
  • It's totally inappropriate, regardless of whether your home is kosher or not.
  • Once they take themselves out of the loop on any business decisions involving their old employers, it's all kosher.
  • As it turns out, net neutrality was an illusion, a theory that it was the kosher way to go.
  • Serving high-end kosher food seems a sure way to attract a dedicated clientele.
  • After the game he bought and ate a non-kosher hot dog from a street vendor.
British Dictionary definitions for kosher

kosher

/ˈkəʊʃə/
adjective
1.
(Judaism) conforming to religious law; fit for use: esp, (of food) prepared in accordance with the dietary laws See also kasher, kashruth
2.
(informal)
  1. genuine or authentic
  2. legitimate or proper
Word Origin
C19: from Yiddish, from Hebrew kāshēr right, proper
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Word Origin and History for kosher
adj.

"ritually fit or pure" (especially of food), 1851, from Yiddish kosher, from Hebrew kasher "fit, proper, lawful," from base of kasher "was suitable, proper." Generalized sense of "correct, legitimate" is from 1896.

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kosher in Culture

kosher definition


Food that is permitted according to a set of dietary restrictions found in the Old Testament. For many Jews, foods that are not kosher cannot be eaten. The term can also be used colloquially to mean anything acceptable: “I don't think it's kosher to yell at your chess opponent when he is thinking about his next move.”

kosher definition


The descriptive term in Judaism for food and other objects that are clean according to its laws. These laws are contained in the Torah and forbid, for example, the eating of pork or shellfish, the mixing of dairy products and meat, and certain methods of slaughtering animals.

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Slang definitions & phrases for kosher

kosher

adjective

Proper; as it should be; legitimate: Everything looks kosher

[1896+; fr Yiddish fr Hebrew kasher, ''fit, proper'']


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Encyclopedia Article for kosher

("fit," or "proper"), in Judaism, the fitness of an object for ritual purposes. Though generally applied to foods that meet the requirements of the dietary laws (kashruth), kosher is also used to describe, for instance, such objects as a Torah scroll, water for ritual bathing (mikvah), and the ritual ram's horn (shofar). When applied to food, kosher is the opposite of terefah ("forbidden"); when applied to other things, it is the opposite of pasul ("unfit").

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