Definition of shochet in US English:


nounPlural shochetim

  • A person officially certified as competent to kill cattle and poultry in the manner prescribed by Jewish law.

    • ‘Finally a shochet is the man designated to perform ritual slaughter.’
    • ‘A shochet (ritual slaughterer) is responsible for covering the blood of the animal, so if someone else fulfills this mitzvah, then the shochet has been deprived.’
    • ‘This fellow was the shochet, the person in charge of providing kosher food, of the Jewish community in Shiraz where I once lived.’
    • ‘In a small European village, a shochet (ritual slaughterer) fetched some water to apply to his blade in the preparation process.’


Late 19th century: from Hebrew šōḥēṭ ‘slaughtering’.