fa·​la·​fel | \ fə-ˈlä-fəl How to pronounce falafel (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural falafel also felafel

Definition of falafel

: a spicy mixture of ground vegetables (such as chickpeas or fava beans) formed into balls or patties and then fried

Examples of falafel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Options at Abu Omar Halal include falafel, lamb kabobs, chicken kafta kabobs and rice plates. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "8 new restaurants in North Texas: hot chicken, fried chicken, halal and more," 22 Sep. 2020 Once upon a time, Garbonzos was the name in Portland falafel. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Garbonzos returns as food cart, with falafel fresh as ever," 4 Sep. 2020 Though just a few weeks old, Garbonzos is already climbing my personal Portland-area falafel rankings. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Portland’s 10 best new food carts of 2020," 11 Sep. 2020 Baked, not fried, these quinoa balls — reminiscent of falafel in texture — get their ‘meatiness’ from roasted beans and mushrooms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Meat-free quinoa balls are a healthy alternative," 3 Sep. 2020 Those include Mediterranean Exploration Company, two locations of Shalom Y’all, two locations of Bless Your Heart burgers, the falafel shop Mama Sesame and the upcoming Y’alla. oregonlive, "Portland restaurant group Toro Bravo Inc. dissolving in wake of founder’s Facebook outburst," 2 July 2020 The tradition of handing out a free fresh falafel to each visitor has been tweaked. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Despite COVID-19, you can still score free food when restaurants open," 25 Aug. 2020 Messinger gets uniform falafel balls by using a stainless steel scoop. Marshall Bright, CNN Underscored, "Cooking from scratch: 6 delicious cooking projects to tackle while staying home," 31 July 2020 Customers generally use apps to order—maybe more than one restaurant at the same time, if one person wants sushi and another wants a falafel sandwich. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "As Restaurants Move to the Cloud, Something Is Missing," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of falafel

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for falafel

Arabic falāfil

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6 Oct 2020

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“Falafel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falafel. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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