pita

Alternative Spellings

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

Definitions

  • 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

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

In Aramaic, this was the common word for bread.

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