how to say “dessert” in Hebrew

how to say “dessert” in Hebrew

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קִנּוּחַ, מָנָה אַחֲרוֹנָה

Most kids’ favorite part of a meal (and maybe most adults’ as well) is dessert.


Israelis refer to dessert with one of two expressions: קִנּוּחַand מָנָה אַחֲרוֹנָה.

קינוח comes from the active-intensive פִּעֵל verb לְקַנֵּחַmeaning to wipe or to dry something. Dessert could be said to wipe away the food from the rest of the meal.

מנה אחרונה means, literally, final portion – dessert is the final portion of a meal.

For example, imagine yourself with friends (a mixed group) in a restaurant after having eaten a nice meal. The waiter approaches you and asks:

אַתֶּם רוֹצִים לִשְׁמוֹעַ עַל הַמָּנוֹת הָאַחֲרוֹנוֹת שֶׁלָּנוּ?

Would you like to hear about our desserts?

To which you might reply,



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