Definition of shewbread in US English:


(also showbread)


  • Twelve loaves placed every Sabbath in the Jewish Temple and eaten by the priests at the end of the week.

    • ‘In the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, a beautiful antitype of the table of shewbread is seen.’
    • ‘Interestingly the manna did not fall on Sabbath, but the shewbread was renewed each Sabbath.’
    • ‘The obvious objection is that the shewbread was eaten only by the priests.’
    • ‘I am teaching a Sunday School lesson on shewbread and I thought it would be good to have a sample for the class.’
    • ‘Golden dishes, in which the shewbread was carried, and golden lateral plates, further to protect it on the stand, are also mentioned by the Rabbis.’


Mid 16th century: suggested by German Schaubrot, representing Hebrew leḥem pānīm, literally ‘bread of the face (of God)’.