Alternative Spellings

parveh, pareve, parev, parv


  • 1. neither milk nor meat; 2. uninteresting, plain, generic

Example Sentences

  • "So, how was the movie?" "It was kinda parve. Parts were interesting, but nothing so special." or "I bought a parve dessert for our meat meal."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb פרווה, Yiddish (פּאַרעװ(ע párev(e)

Who Uses This

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


North America


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

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