[ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English kuh-too-buh; Sephardic Hebrew kuh-too-bah ]
/ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English kəˈtu bə; Sephardic Hebrew kə tuˈbɑ /

noun, plural ke·tu·both, ke·tu·bot, ke·tu·bos [Ashkenazic Hebrew kuh-too-bohs; Sephardic Hebrew kuh-too-bawt] /Ashkenazic Hebrew kəˈtu boʊs; Sephardic Hebrew kə tuˈbɔt/, English ke·tu·bahs. Hebrew.

the formal contract in a Jewish religious marriage that includes specific financial protection for the wife in the event that the husband dies or divorces her.

Nearby words

  1. kettle hole,
  2. kettle of fish,
  3. kettle stitch,
  4. kettle-bottom,
  5. kettledrum,
  6. keturah,
  7. ketuvim,
  8. keuka lake,
  9. kev,
  10. kevalin

Origin of ketubah

kəthubbāh literally, something written Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ketubah

  • The ketubah was the document of a "gift on account of nuptials to be celebrated."

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner
  • His duties toward her are set forth in detail in the usual form of the Ketubah.

    Women's Wild Oats|C. Gasquoine Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for ketubah


/ (kətuˈbaː) /


Judaism the contract that states the obligations within Jewish marriage

Word Origin for ketubah

from Hebrew, literally: document

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