parve (parv) listen
parve (PAR-ve) listen
parev (PAH-rihv) listen


  • adj. Containing or contaminated with neither milk nor meat.

  • adj. Uninteresting, plain, generic.

Example Sentences

  • "I bought a parve dessert for our meat meal."

  • "So, how was the movie?" "It was kinda parve. Parts were interesting, but nothing so special."

  • "Barbara, are you sure this is a parve cake?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • (פּאַרעװ(ע párev(e)

    • Who Uses This

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


      • 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).
      • 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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