from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A baked pudding of noodles or potatoes, eggs, and seasonings, traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A baked pudding of rice, pasta, or potatoes with vegetables or raisins and spices; a traditional Jewish dish.
  • n. A traditional house ornament made of glass.
  • n. An overly materialistic and excessively groomed young woman.


Yiddish kugel, ball (from its puffed-up shape), from Middle High German.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Yiddish קוגל (kugl) (Wiktionary)



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  • I just learned this word from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. If you chat with a villager with a Normal-type personality (i. e. Dora) outside on a rainy day, they may say "Weather like this calls for making kugel later."

    April 20, 2016

  • Kugel (Yiddish: קוגל kugl or קוגעל, pronounced either koogel with the "oo" like the "oo" in "book or "look", or kigel, as was pronounced in Galicia, Central Europe) is any one of a wide variety of traditional baked Jewish side dishes or desserts. It is sometimes translated as "pudding" or "casserole".

    Kugels may be sweet or savory. The most common types are made from egg noodles (called lochshen kugels) or potatoes and often contain eggs, but there are recipes in everyday use in modern Jewish kitchens for a great diversity of kugels made with different vegetables, fruit, batters, cheese, and other flavorings and toppings.


    February 5, 2008