Knesset (KNEH-set) listen


  • n. Israel's parliament.

Example Sentences

  • "The Conversion Bill was removed from the Knesset floor last week."

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • כנסת lit. 'assembly, assemblage.' Short for כנסת ישראל "Knesset Yisrael" ("The Entire Jewish People"), which occurs throughout the Talmud and other Rabbinic literature.

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      kneset, Kneset, Keneset, keneset

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