Definition of shochet in English:


Syllabification: sho·chet
Pronunciation: /ˈSHōKHāt, -KHit, ˈSHoi-, SHōˈKHet

noun (plural shochetim /SHōKHˈtēm/)

  • A person officially certified as competent to kill cattle and poultry in the manner prescribed by Jewish law.
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    • 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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