hal·​vah | \ häl-ˈvä How to pronounce halvah (audio) ; ˈhäl-(ˌ)vä, -və \
variants: or halva

Definition of halvah

: a flaky confection of crushed sesame seeds in a base of syrup (as of honey)

Examples of halvah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some halvah, an attempt to add sweetness to the proceedings? Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, "A Lox on Both Your Houses: Jerry Nadler Brought a Zabar’s Bag to the Impeachment," 13 Jan. 2021 This riff on millionaire’s shortbread adds a layer of halvah between the shortbread and caramel layers. Washington Post, "8 sweet and savory shortbread cookies to pair with tea, coffee or wine," 21 Dec. 2020 While most bakers just make chocolate or cinnamon babka, Nuchi creates unusual renditions like halvah, raspberry-cheese and Nutella. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Jewish bakeries on the rise in the Bay Area," 14 Feb. 2020 Chocolate and cinnamon are traditional, but Nuchi also made halvah, raspberry-cheese and even savory versions. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Palo Alto Jewish bakery Babka by Ayelet closes," 6 Feb. 2020 Dessert is simple: choose from halvah pudding cups or chocolatey tahini cookies. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Juicy Rotisserie Chicken Spot from L.A.’s Kismet Team Is Now Open," 17 Jan. 2020 After lunch, wander down to Kalei Coffee Co. to chill in their shaded courtyard with a big slice of chocolate-and-halvah pie, the local sweet made from tahini. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 The feuilles that called to me was made with sesame and halvah. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "A New Pastry Layers Tastes of France and Syria," 3 Apr. 2018 Hebel and Gurvin nudge the slab of halvah into shape. Amelia Saltsman, latimes.com, "The addictive joy of the sesame confection halvah, made in Los Angeles," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of halvah

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halvah

Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helva, from Arabic ḥalwā sweetmeat

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“Halvah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halvah. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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