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pad thai

noun, often capitalized T \ˈpäd-ˈtī, ˈpad-\

Simple Definition of pad thai

  • : a Thai dish of rice noodles that are stir-fried with other ingredients (such as seafood, chicken, egg, or bean sprouts)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pad thai

  1. :  a Thai dish consisting of rice noodles stir-fried usually with any of various additional ingredients (as bean sprouts, peanuts, chicken, shrimp, and egg)

Origin and Etymology of pad thai

Thai phàd thaj, literally, Thai stir-fried mixture

First Known Use: 1978

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