Definition of chow mein
: a seasoned stew of shredded or diced meat, mushrooms, and vegetables that is usually served with fried noodles
Origin and Etymology of chow mein
Chinese (Guangdong) cháau-mihn fried noodles
First Known Use: 1898See Words from the same year
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Definition of chow mein for English Language Learners
: a combination of meat, mushrooms, and vegetables with fried noodles that is served in Chinese restaurants in the U.S.
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