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 Along with meatball and steamed clam appetizers and 23 Italian entrees, there are 16 pizza styles, hot subs, gyros and falafel, chicken wings and burgers. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 29 Sep. 2021 The falafel are easy to make ahead and refrigerate or freeze, so consider making a double batch. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 In addition, Afia has given away over 100,000 falafel to hunger relief organizations in Central Texas in the past 1.5 years. Diana Tsai, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The menu has items like poblano chilaquiles and quesadillas, chipotle queso, Old World hummus, Spanish paella and Egyptian falafel. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 4 Sep. 2021 Vegetarian choices include popcorn cauliflower, black bean falafel sandwich or waffle and lake salt fries (vegan). Lavanya Sunkara, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Many familiar dishes such as hummus, shakshuka and falafel dot Lulu’s menu, yet often with creative tweaks. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 Our baked falafel nuggets are packed with flavor and veggies (and gobbled up by our 4-year-old). Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 Enjoy gyros, shawarma, bowls and hummus from the busy fair staple known for its falafel-on-a-stick. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021

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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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“Falafel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falafel. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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