• 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).

Edit     See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.