shochet (SHO-kheht) listen
shoykheyt (SHOY-kheyt) listen


  • n. Ritual slaughterer in the system of kashrut.

Example Sentences

  • "They eat so much meat in their house. I guess their father's a shoychet." (Glinert)

  • "Thus, a shocheit must be highly competent, both in the halachos of shechitah and in the skills necessary to do the job correctly." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • שוחט shokhet 'ritual slaughterer'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      shokheyt, shoyheyt, shohet, shokhet, shochet, shoychet, shoyhet, shoykhet, shocheit, shoycheit, shoheit, shoyheit, shokheit, shoykheit, shocheyt, shoycheyt, shoheyt, shoykheyt

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