dol·​ma ˌdōl-ˈmä How to pronounce dolma (audio) ˈdȯl-mə How to pronounce dolma (audio)
plural dolmas or dolmades dōl-ˈmä-(ˌ)t͟hēz How to pronounce dolma (audio)
: a stuffed grape leaf or vegetable shell

Examples of dolma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kavuran, in a blue hoodie, exclaimed excitedly over the dolmas, which reminded him of home. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Gołabki is like a larger version of dolma, but with a Slavic spin, featuring ground pork. Nikki O'Neill, Chicago Tribune, 18 Apr. 2023 Forager friend Bat Vardeh, who’s Assyrian, brings conveniently snackable dolmas and chewy, energizing dates on her hikes. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2023 Check a dolma to see if rice is cooked. Yasmin Khan, WSJ, 12 May 2021 Yaprak dolma are part of Turkish Aegean cuisine and sometimes include a pinch of cinnamon in the mix, a nod to the Rum people, Greeks born in Turkey. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 They’ve since been joined by shrimp fishing on horseback (Belgium, 2013), kimchi making (South Korea, 2013; North Korea, 2015), and dolma making (Azerbaijan, 2017). Sonia Chopra, Bon Appétit, 7 July 2021 This recipe makes 30-35 dolma depending on the size of the leaves. Yasmin Khan, WSJ, 12 May 2021 Homemade sogan dolma, a stuffed onion dish, is also likely to be on the Ahmetovic iftar spread more routinely this Ramadan. Zareen Syed,, 5 May 2021 See More

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Word History


Turkish, literally, something stuffed

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dolma was circa 1889

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“Dolma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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