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

Examples of falafel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When opponents of the Gaza war picketed an Israeli-style restaurant in Philadelphia known for its falafel and tahini shakes, Mr. Shapiro called the demonstration antisemitic and showed up for lunch. Katie Glueck, New York Times, 11 May 2024 Near the Golda Meir Library — its name the subject of some controversy because Meir was a prime minister of Israel — the club played music and handed out falafel. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2024 Some favorites for falafel Out in the world in Los Angeles, dinner at Saffy’s will always include its lavish shawarma as well as an order of falafel, the innards so stained with herbs that the greenness seeps through the nut-brown crust. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 Except for the falafel recipes, the recipes are built for busy cooks and tout coming together in 30 minutes or less. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 3 May 2024 Everybody loves hummus and everybody loves falafel. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Sandwiches include the falafel pita with tahini, eggplant pita with chermoula, or lamb pita with tarragon tzatziki sauce. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, 17 Mar. 2024 Abaza and her friend would cook together and argue about the origins of hummus, falafel and other Middle Eastern dishes. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024 Its appetizer menu has plenty to offer, from falafel to hummus and baba ghanoush. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 Jan. 2024

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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 18 May. 2024.

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