fa·​la·​fel fə-ˈlä-fəl How to pronounce falafel (audio)
variants or less commonly felafel
plural falafel also felafel
: a spicy mixture of ground vegetables (such as chickpeas or fava beans) formed into balls or patties and then fried

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The extensive menu includes kabobs, wraps and falafel platters. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2022 There’s this place in Hollywood that has the best falafel salad. Marah Eakin, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2022 There’s an assortment of pita pockets with falafel or imitation chicken or shawarma. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2022 Pitas, which are baked in-house daily, and the herb-rich falafel is Egyptian-style, made with fava beans rather than garbanzos and fried to order. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 The festival also offers a selection of Israeli and Middle Eastern options including chicken shawarma, falafel and fresh-baked pita bread, Rabbi Luchins said, an homage to Jewish history and heritage. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2022 Wright said several Forty Thieves menu items will continue to be available, including the gyro and falafel sandwich. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 16 Aug. 2022 The cafe is the only local establishment serving Middle Eastern and Jewish food — pita sandwiches, falafel, salads, hummus and chopped herring. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 The original Garbonzos, a small chain of falafel bars that — if old reviews can be trusted — introduced Portland to the joys of fried chickpea balls, closed its original and longest-running location in 2005. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


Arabic falāfil

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of falafel was in 1936

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“Falafel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falafel. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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