gefilte fish

or ge·fill·te fish, ge·füll·te fish, ge·ful·te fish

[ guh-fil-tuh ]
/ gəˈfɪl tə /

noun Jewish Cookery.

a forcemeat of boned fish, especially such freshwater fish as carp, pike, or whitefish, blended with eggs, matzo meal, and seasoning, shaped into balls or sticks and simmered in a vegetable broth, and often served chilled.

Nearby words

  1. geese,
  2. geest,
  3. geez,
  4. geezah,
  5. geezer,
  6. gegenschein,
  7. geggie,
  8. gehenna,
  9. gehlenite,
  10. gehrig

Origin of gefilte fish

1890–95; < Yiddish: literally, stuffed fish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gefilte fish

gefilte fish

gefllte fish

/ (ɡəˈfɪltə) /


Jewish cookery a dish consisting of fish and matzo meal rolled into balls and poached, formerly served stuffed into the skin of a fish

Word Origin for gefilte fish

Yiddish, literally: filled fish

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Word Origin and History for gefilte fish

gefilte fish


1892, gefüllte Fisch, not a species but a loaf made from various kinds of ground fish and other ingredients; the first word is from Yiddish, from German gefüllte "stuffed."

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