Borrowing from Yiddish פּאַרעוו, פּאַרעווע (parev, pareve), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a West Slavic source such as Czech párový (“occurring in pairs”) (since pareve food can be paired with either meat dishes or milk dishes).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹəvə/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɑːɹəvə/
- Hyphenation: pa‧re‧ve
pareve (not comparable)
- (Judaism) Of food: that has no meat or milk in any form as an ingredient.
- My mom made a pareve casserole with soy hot dogs.
- (figuratively, by extension) Neutral, bland, inoffensive.
In Yiddish, פּאַרעוו (parev) is the predicative form and פּאַרעווע (pareve) the attributive form of the adjective. Some speakers familiar with Yiddish use this distribution in English as well, e.g., My mom made a pareve casserole but This casserole is parev.