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Definition of "kosher" []

  • Judaism Conforming to dietary laws; ritually pure: kosher meat. (adjective)
  • Judaism Selling or serving food prepared in accordance with dietary laws: a kosher restaurant. (adjective)
  • Slang Legitimate; permissible: "consolidating noneditorial functions of the papers, which is kosher” ( Christian Science Monitor). (adjective)
  • Slang Genuine; authentic. (adjective)
  • To make proper or ritually pure. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kosher" in a sentence
  • "FaceGlat's name is a mashup of Facebook and glatt, the term for kosher meat considered to be a higher standard of kosher because of the source animal's smooth lungs."
  • "Rabbi Howard Silverman of Beth Messiah Congregation in Gahanna, a Messianic congregation, acknowledges that although keeping kosher is an important tradition, it is not a law for Messianic Jews."
  • "This new, more cosmopolitan look to kosher is due in part to the growing affluence and influence of American Jews, says Deborah Dash Moore, a historian and director of the University of Michigan's Frankel Center for Judaic Studies."