Pesach (PEH-sakh) listen
Pesach (PAY-sakh) listen


  • n. The Jewish holiday of Passover, which celebrates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, on which it is traditional to hold a Pesach seder and not eat chametz.

Example Sentences

  • "Pesach is early this year."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • פסח

    • 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

      Pesah, Pesakh, Pesah


  • Starts on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, lasts 7 days in Israel and 8 days elsewhere.

    Reform Jews are more likely to call the holiday Passover, while Conservative and Orthodox Jews are more likely to call the holiday Pesach.

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