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  1. Judaism. unfit to be eaten or used, according to religious laws; not kosher.
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Origin of tref

< Yiddish treyf < Hebrew ṭərēphāh torn flesh, literally, something torn
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  • Tref, having been put upon the scent, followed the trail through several streets until he came to a night-shelter.

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  • Llanfair tref Helygon,—The parish church was in ruins many years ago; the oldest inhabitant does not remember it standing.

British Dictionary definitions for tref


treif treifa (ˈtreɪfə)

  1. Judaism ritually unfit to be eaten; not kosher
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Word Origin

Yiddish, from Hebrew terēphāh, literally: torn (i.e., animal meat torn by beasts), from tāraf to tear
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Word Origin and History for tref


Welsh, literally "hamlet, home, town."

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