\ˈdäl \
variants: or dahl or dhal or less commonly dholl

Definition of dal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: dried legumes (such as lentils, beans, or peas) also : an Indian dish made of simmered and usually pureed and spiced legumes

variants: or less commonly daL

Definition of dal (Entry 2 of 2)


Examples of dal in a Sentence

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Kids, drunk and rowdy, line their stomachs with the cheap and tasty: basmati rice, dal, saag (which, bless them, tastes like it was made with just as much garlic as spinach). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Or steel pans of colorful bindhi masala that elevated okra to a savory main dish or reliable tarka dal that turned lentils into a smooth celebration of cumin and ginger. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 For lunch, Mookhi is filling stackable steel lunch boxes with lamb, prawns, vegetables, basmati rice, dal bhukara and house salad. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "This new Mid-Wilshire dessert shop specializes in one thing: s'mores," 22 May 2018 In the wake of the school shootings in Parkland, Fla., companies like Delta (dal, -2.14%), Hertz (htz, -4.93%), and Symantec (symc, -1.35%) distanced themselves from the National Rifle Association by eliminating benefits to their members. Kathy Bloomgarden, Fortune, "4 Rules Every Activist CEO Should Follow," 25 June 2018 Chicken liver confit with urad dal curry is precluded by an herby spring khichdi, a riffable and restorative stew that’s a cornerstone of Ayurvedic eating. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Ayurvedic Chef Nira Kehar on Wellness Fatigue and Mindfully Made Poutine," 7 May 2018 As non-executive chairman, Garvey will oversee United CEO Oscar Munoz’s effort to widen profit margins to the levels enjoyed by Delta Air Lines (dal, +1.89%) and American Airlines Group (aal, +1.71%). Fortune, "United Names First Woman As Board Chair—A Job That Was Supposed to Go to Its Embattled CEO," 25 May 2018 Siri says that customers especially like moong dal halwa, an Indian take on the Middle East’s popular halva dessert. Tom Hanchett, charlotteobserver, "Dosa Night? Yep, it’s a thing at several south Indian restaurants around Charlotte. | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Dinner brings on kaleidoscopic, themed thali trays like the Vishnu, with its dusky smoked eggplant, dal laced with mustard oil and definitive spiced crisps of okra. Houston Chronicle, "Alison Cook's Top 10 Houston restaurants," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of dal


1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dal


Hindi & Urdu dāl

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