• jelly-filled donuts traditionally eaten on Chanukah

Example Sentences

  • He brought home sufganiyot for the kids.

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • סופגניות sufganiyot (sg. סופגנייה/סופגניה sufganiya), may derive from Hebrew word for sponge (ספוג), as in a spongecake
    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      sufganiot, sufganyot


      • The food seems to predate the Modern Hebrew term. In Yiddish they are known as פּאָנטשקעס pontshkes. Singular seems less commonly used in English; this parallels the English word homentashen (where the Yiddish singular, homentash, is rarely used in English).

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