Alternative Spellings

tchulent, chulent, tsholent


  • "A slow-cooked stew made of beef, beans, potatoes, and other vegetables. Cholent is a common Sabbath dish..." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Daniel makes his cholent with potatoes and beans."

Languages of Origin



טשאָלנט tsholnt

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


Originally from Old (Judeo-)French, chalent (warming), derived from Latin calentem, present participle of calere (be warm) (Steinmetz). Jewish law traditionally forbids cooking on the Sabbath, so observant Jews often prepare a slow cooking dish before the Sabbath to be ready for the Sabbath lunch in order to have hot food. A similar dish called hamin / chamin is made by Sephardim.

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