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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Definitions for kosher

  1. Informal. a. proper; legitimate. b. genuine; authentic.
  2. Judaism. a. fit or allowed to be eaten or used, according to the dietary or ceremonial laws: kosher meat; kosher dishes; a kosher tallith. b. adhering to the laws governing such fitness: a kosher restaurant.
  3. Informal. kosher food: Let's eat kosher tonight.

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Citations for kosher
This is kosher. I'm an officer of the court requesting assistance from a citizen. Loren D. Estleman, King of the Corner, 1992
Forsyth knew that was all a cover story. He knew the whole setup wasn't kosher. Michael Savage, Abuse of Power, 2011
Origin of kosher
Kosher is one of the most common words of Yiddish origin in American English. Yiddish kosher comes from Hebrew kosher (Ashkenazi pronunciation), from Hebrew kāshēr “right, fit, proper.” Kosher as an adjective “pertaining to foods prepared according to Jewish dietary law” dates from the mid-19th century; the sense “proper, legitimate” dates from the late 19th century. Kosher as a noun “kosher food, kosher store” dates from the late 19th century.