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

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  • Kosher — Ko sher, n. Kosher food; also, a kosher shop. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. the practise of adherence to the Jewish ritual law; used mostly in the phrase {keep kosher}, v. i.. [PJC] {keep kosher} To adhere to the rules for eating only kosher food and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kosher — [kō′shər; ] for v., usually [ käsh′ər] adj. [Yiddish < Heb kāshēr, fit, proper < root kšr, to be appropriate] 1. Judaism a) clean or fit to eat according to the dietary laws: Lev. 11 b) serving or dealing with food prepared according to… …   English World dictionary

  • Kosher — Ko sher, a. [heb. kosh[ e]r fit, proper.] 1. Ceremonially clean, according to Jewish law; applied to food, esp. to meat of animals slaughtered according to the requirements of Jewish law. Opposed to {tref}. For food to be officially kosher, it… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kosher — Relativo a la preparación y la presentación de alimentos según las leyes judías. Los alimentos Kosher per se son las frutas, vegetales y cereales corrientes, así como el té y el café. Los alimentos no Kosher son el cerdo, las aves de rapiña y los …   Diccionario médico

  • kosher — |cóchar| adj. 2 g. 2 núm. Que está de acordo com a lei judaica (ex.: carne kosher).   ‣ Etimologia: palavra iídiche …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • kosher — [adj1] ritually proper apropos, clean, decent, ritually pure, undefiled; concepts 401,404 kosher [adj2] legitimate acceptable, according to law, authentic, genuine, legal, permissible, permitted, proper; concepts 319,558,582 …   New thesaurus

  • Kosher — Ko sher, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Koshered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Koshering}.] To prepare in conformity with the requirements of the Jewish law, as meat. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kosher — meaning ‘fulfilling the requirements of Jewish law’, is pronounced koh shǝ …   Modern English usage

  • kosher — ► ADJECTIVE 1) satisfying the requirements of Jewish law with regards to the preparation of food. 2) informal genuine and legitimate. ► VERB ▪ prepare (food) according to Jewish law. ORIGIN Hebrew, proper …   English terms dictionary

  • kosher — /koh sheuhr/, adj. 1. Judaism. a. fit or allowed to be eaten or used, according to the dietary or ceremonial laws: kosher meat; kosher dishes; a kosher tallith. b. adhering to the laws governing such fitness: a kosher restaurant. 2. Informal. a.… …   Universalium

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