[khah-luh, hah]


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

Examples from the Web for challah

Contemporary Examples of challah

  • In 2003, he held a $500-a-plate “sandwich-naming” for Rep. Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, who chose roast beef on challah.

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    Endangered Sandwiches List

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    October 20, 2009

  • Change the crusty bread for a sweet roll or challah bread and you have a medianoche.

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    How Havana Perfected the Sandwich

    Ana Sofia Pelaez

    September 8, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for challah



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for challah

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper