Definition of trefa in English:


(also trayf, trifa)


  • (of food) not satisfying the requirements of Jewish law.

    ‘I asked her if she ever ate food that was trayf’
    • ‘The word most commonly used to designate any non-kosher food is trayf - meaning torn.’
    • ‘Foods that are not acceptable (termed trefa) include pork, fish that do not have scales and fins (like lobster or shrimp), and meals that combine meat and dairy products.’
    • ‘Delineated in the Book of Leviticus and dating back to 1200 B.C.E., kashrut is a system of food laws for eating kosher foods and avoiding trefa foods.’


Mid 19th century: from Hebrew ṭĕrēp̱āh ‘the flesh of an animal torn or mauled’, from ṭārap̱ ‘rend’.