\ ˈdäl How to pronounce dal (audio) \
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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Descriptions of Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso are partially based on Ian D’Agata’s writing and seminars. Susan H. Gordon, Forbes, 6 May 2022 My mother, and my grandmothers before her, served this traditional Sindhi dish—a tangy, dal-flecked vegetable curry—in their kitchens. Pooja Makhijani, Bon Appétit, 6 May 2022 Entrees, ranging from 11.99 for a dal fry to $17.99 for a lamb tikka masala, also have spicy options such as shrimp, mutton or fish curries, vindaloos and kadai chicken. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 29 Apr. 2022 That’s why the dal may be contaminated with Listeria. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 Apr. 2022 Allison Russell, Ezra Furman, Pom Pom Squad, Mattiel, dal:um, Mama Duke, Terror Jr., Ber, Rei Ami, Pleasure Venom, Bad Waitress, Ayoni, Danielle Ponder, and CMAT (solo) are slated to perform. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2022 Move this dal from the stove to an Instant Pot by pressure cooking for half the cook time. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 15 Feb. 2022 At our favorite two places, his go-to to-go order (say that five times fast) is butter chicken, mine dal makhani. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2021 This is a nonnegotiable—you’ll need to find urad dal at a South Asian grocery store or order them online for this recipe. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Dal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dal. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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