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[Sephardic Hebrew shaw-khet; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-kheyt, shoi-khit; English shoh-khit]
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noun, plural shoche·tim [shohkh-teem] /ʃoʊxˈtim/, English sho·chets. Hebrew.
  1. shohet.
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or sho·chet

[Sephardic Hebrew shaw-khet; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-kheyt, shoi-khit; English shoh-khit]
noun, plural shohe·tim [shohkh-teem] /ʃoʊxˈtim/, English sho·hets. Hebrew.
  1. a person certified by a rabbi or Jewish court of law to slaughter animals for food in the manner prescribed by Jewish law.
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Compare shehitah.

Origin of shohet

shōḥēṭ literally, one who slaughters
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Examples from the Web for shochet

Historical Examples

  • When the "Shochet" woke up, he washed his hands and took out his knife.

    Jewish Children

    Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich

  • In the Shochet's house there is a female lodger; she pays fifteen rubles a year.

    Stories and Pictures

    Isaac Loeb Peretz

  • Of course, a Shochet sausage and a Dayan—no, that was very wrong!

    Stories and Pictures

    Isaac Loeb Peretz

  • Heyman, Heinrich Wilhelm David, son of a shochet (slaughterer) in poor circumstances.

    Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ

    Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.

  • They were not permitted to have synagogues, but could have prayer-rooms, and appoint a school-master and a butcher (Shochet).

British Dictionary definitions for shochet


noun plural shochets or shochetim
  1. (in Judaism) a person who has been specially trained and licensed to slaughter animals and birds in accordance with the laws of shechita
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Word Origin

C19: from Hebrew, literally: slaughtering
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