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 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 In the same shopping center, three other businesses offer halal options: a grocery selling meat, Shalimar (an Indian restaurant) and a Thai place that, Shakoor says, started offering a halal chicken dish to meet customer demand. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Halal cuisine has blossomed around Sacramento. Here's a rundown of places to check out," 29 June 2018 The group was planning to kill veiled women, imams and recently released Islamist prisoners, and wanted to attack mosques and halal grocery stores, according to French news media. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Shadowy Cell in France Plotted to Kill Muslim Civilians, Authorities Say," 28 June 2018 When: 7-10:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Details: kemahboardwalk.com SUGAR LAND Houston Halal Food Truck Festival Head to the Smart Financial Centre’s plaza and dig into some of the city’s finest halal street eats. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Korean pop act GOT7 and Majic 102 Summer Block Party," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of halal

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for halal

Arabic ḥalāl permissible

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The first known use of halal was in 1858

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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Halal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halal. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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