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