Kosher definition

kōshər
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(loosely) Prepared according to traditional Jewish recipes.

Kosher pickles.

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To make proper or ritually pure.
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The definition of kosher is a food that is considered clean or fit to eat by Jewish dietary laws, or is slang for OK or correct.

An example of something kosher is matzoh made in Israel with a kosher logo on it.

An example of kosher is the question you ask if you aren't sure about something, "Is it kosher to bring wine to someone's house that doesn't drink?"

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To kosher is defined as to make something pure.

An example of kosher is to take a pan and wash it in a natural running body of water, like a river.

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Conforming to dietary laws; ritually pure.

Kosher meat.

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Observing dietary laws.

A kosher household.

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Selling or serving food prepared in accordance with dietary laws.

A kosher restaurant.

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(slang) All right, proper, correct, etc.
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Clean or fit to eat according to the dietary laws: Lev. 11
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Kosher food.
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To make kosher.
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(figuratively, by extension) In accordance with standards or usual practice.

Is what I have done kosher with Mr. Smith?

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To make kosher.
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Serving or dealing with food prepared according to such laws.

A kosher kitchen.

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(of food) Prepared in accordance with Jewish religious practices.

Well, if I had known it was a kosher deli, I certainly would not have ordered a ham and cheese on rye.

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(informal) Legitimate; permissible.

Is it kosher to wear jeans in the office?

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keep kosher
  • To observe Jewish dietary laws.
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keep kosher
  • to observe the Jewish dietary laws
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

keep kosher
keep kosher

Origin of kosher

  • Yiddish kosher from Ashkenazi Hebrew kóšer from Hebrew kāšēr fitting, proper from kāšēr to be fitting, to succeed kṯr in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Yiddish כּשר (kosher), from Hebrew כָּשֵׁר (kashér).

    From Wiktionary