kochaleyn (KOKH-a-lane) listen


  • n. A room or cabin in a summer colony with kitchen facilities.

Example Sentences

  • “Who can affoder [afford] a fancy hotel? I take a kochaleyn." (NJY)

  • "They fled the burning Bronx sidewalks, they rented a kochaleyn in the mountains, in one of those Catskill bungalow colonies bristling with musty one-room cottages set side by side, no more than the width of a clothesline between them. Every cottage had its own little stove and icebox and tiny front porch." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • portmanteau of kokh 'cook' + aleyn 'alone'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings

      kokhaleyn, kochalayn, kokhalayn, kochalein, kokhalein, kokhalain, kochalain, koch aleyn, kokh aleyn, koch alayn, kokh alayn, koch alein, kokh alein, kokh alain, koch alain

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