ha·​lal | \ hə-ˈläl How to pronounce halal (audio) \

Definition of halal

1 : sanctioned by Islamic law especially : ritually fit for use halal foods
2 : selling or serving food ritually fit according to Islamic law a halal restaurant

Examples of halal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Urumqi, the regional capital, authorities have waged campaigns against halal dietary restrictions. Nury Turkel, Time, "The U.S. Must Use the New Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act to Sanction Chinese Officials for Religious Persecution," 8 June 2020 Al Madina Meat Market: This halal meat market doesn’t stock pork, but it was well supplied with chicken, beef, lamb and goat. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "The small San Antonio grocery stores, meat markets where you can still find beef, chicken, pork and produce amid H-E-B’s coronavirus-related shortages," 17 Mar. 2020 There, the food must be strictly halal, and the irregular schedule is subject to the weather. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "In Queens, a Food Bazaar With the Vastness and Variety of Indonesia," 24 Feb. 2020 Homestyle, halal Lebanese diner specializing in traditional breakfast staples. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Al Tayeb, a Lebanese diner in Garden City, is one of Michigan's best breakfast joints," 4 Dec. 2019 The 40 prisoners, all men, get halal food, access to satellite news and sports channels, workout equipment and PlayStations. New York Times, "The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner," 16 Sep. 2019 Revolving flavors include paneer, dal, tikka masala and tandoori and include vegan, gluten-free and halal meat options. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Skyway Masala brings Indian fare to St. Paul’s skyway," 27 Aug. 2019 Most use halal meat, in order to appeal to diverse communities. Julia Webster, Time, "'Racist, or, at Best, Unfathomably Stupid.' Britons Finding it Hard to Swallow Campaign to Curb Knife Crime With Ads on Fried Chicken Boxes," 23 Aug. 2019 Omar simmers halal goat meat to celebrate Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant students learn hard lessons about racism at a historically white high school in Maine," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of halal

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for halal

Arabic ḥalāl permissible

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“Halal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halal. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of halal

: accepted by Muslim law as fit for eating
: selling or serving halal food


hal·​al | \ hə-ˈläl \

Kids Definition of halal

1 : fit for eating under Islamic law halal meat
2 : selling or serving food fit for eating under Islamic law halal restaurants

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