Definition of shochet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHōKHāt/ Pronunciation: /-KHit/ Pronunciation: /ˈSHoi-/ Pronunciation: /SHōˈKHet/

noun (plural shochetim /SHōKHˈtēm/)

A person officially certified as competent to kill cattle and poultry in the manner prescribed by Jewish law.
Example sentences
  • A shochet (ritual slaughterer) is responsible for covering the blood of the animal, so if someone else fulfills this mitzvah, then the shochet has been deprived.
  • This fellow was the shochet, the person in charge of providing kosher food, of the Jewish community in Shiraz where I once lived.
  • In a small European village, a shochet (ritual slaughterer) fetched some water to apply to his blade in the preparation process.


Late 19th century: from Hebrew šōḥēṭ 'slaughtering'.

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Syllabification: sho·chet

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