kavod (ka-VOD)


  • n. "Honor, dignity, respect." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "The Mashgiach was concerned that the younger bochrim gave so much kavod to the older boys who wore expensive clothes and rented luxury cars." (Weiser) "The older boys convinced the younger bochrim that it's a kavod to put away all the seforim after seder." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb כבוד kavod, Yiddish כּבֿוד koved

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      kovod, kavod


  • More common among Orthodox Jews.

    Should not be confused for the Hebrew word כבד kaved, meaning liver.

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