hamentaschen (HUH-men-TOSH-en) listen


  • n. "Small, triangular-shaped cookies filled with fruit or jam that are eaten on Purim." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "We are going to bake hamentaschen for the Purim carnival."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • המן־טאַשן homentashn (singular המן־טאַש homentash) 'lit. Haman pockets; triangular jam- or poppy-seed-filled cookies'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • 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).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

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  • The traditional filling is מאָן mon 'poppy seeds', which may have contributed to the association of the cookies (montashn) with the name Homen (Haman) and ultimately with Purim.

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