cholent [chaw-luh nt, chuhl-uh nt; Yiddish chawlnt] Word Origin noun Jewish Cookery.

  1. a stewed or baked dish, especially of meat and beans, served on the Sabbath but cooked the day before or overnight over a slow fire.

Origin of cholent Yiddish tsholnt, tshulnt, perhaps Old French Latin calentem, accusative present participle of calēre to be hot (> French, Old French chaloir, attested only in derived sense “to be of interest, matter”; cf. nonchalant); compare Hebrew (post-Biblical) ḥammīn cholent, derivative of ḥam hot British Dictionary definitions for cholent cholent noun

  1. Judaism a meal usually consisting of a stew of meat, potatoes, and pulses prepared before the Sabbath on Friday and left to cook until eaten for Sabbath lunch

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