fa·​la·​fel | \ fə-ˈlä-fəl \
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

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But don’t expect hummus or falafel—Eyal Shani and his team have left those classics to the spots around the block who have been battling it out for the best chickpea balls for years. Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Restaurants in Paris," 4 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, throughout the Levant and beyond, falafel is a fan favorite. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018 The chef, Zivko Radojcic, also turns out tapas like falafel and ceviche. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Bergdorf’s Revitalizes Its Lower-Level Cafe," 5 June 2018 As for the show itself, Jeremy Scott transformed the venue into its own Times Square-esque setting complete with billboards, flashing lights, and street carts serving New York classics like hot dogs, falafel, and giant soft pretzels. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell Epically Closed the Moschino x H&M Runway," 25 Oct. 2018 Sleik has six employees at his shop, where the menu includes beans, falafel and fries. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "In Damascus, Syrians dare to hope that war's end may be near," 23 July 2018 He's also reopened the falafel counter around the corner. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018 Other traditional offerings could include crispy falafel patties made from chickpeas or fava beans, or chicken and beef wrapped into a warm pita with vegetables and tangy sauces that ooze out with every bite. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Ramadan a time for peace, joyful celebration - and nightly feasts," 5 June 2018 Naveen Mohiuddin owns two Halal Guys franchise restaurants, in Northeast Philadelphia and King of Prussia, that serve simple Middle Eastern-Mediterranean food, like gyros, falafel, rice platters, and hummus. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Ramadan a time for peace, joyful celebration - and nightly feasts," 5 June 2018

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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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