• 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      parveh, pareve, parev, parv

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