1. a loaf of rich white bread leavened with yeast and containing eggs, often braided before baking, prepared especially for the Jewish Sabbath.

noun plural -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -ˈlɔt)

  1. bread, usually in the form of a plaited loaf, traditionally eaten by Jews to celebrate the Sabbath

from Yiddish khale, from Hebrew chala “loaf of bread.”

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