Alternative Spellings

peeta, peta, pitta, peetta, petta, pitah, peetah, petah, pittah, peettah, pettah


  • A round, thin bread with a pocket, eaten plain or with filling as a sandwich.

Example Sentences

  • "Haifa makes the best pita!"
  • "How many falafels do you want in your pitta?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Aramaic, Modern Hebrew


Aramaic פיתא pita 'bread', spelled as פיתה in Modern Hebrew

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


In Aramaic, this was the common word for bread.

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