[ khah-luh, hah ]
/ ˈxɑ lə, ˈhɑ /


a loaf of rich white bread leavened with yeast and containing eggs, often braided before baking, prepared especially for the Jewish Sabbath.
Also chal·leh, hallah.

Origin of challah

From the Hebrew word hallāh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for challah



/ (ˈhɑːlə, Hebrew xaˈla) /

noun plural -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -ˈlɔt)

bread, usually in the form of a plaited loaf, traditionally eaten by Jews to celebrate the Sabbath

Word Origin for challah

from Hebrew hallāh
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Word Origin and History for challah



from Yiddish khale, from Hebrew chala "loaf of bread."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper