hum·​mus ˈhə-məs How to pronounce hummus (audio) ˈhu̇- How to pronounce hummus (audio)
: a paste of pureed chickpeas usually mixed with sesame oil or sesame paste and eaten as a dip or sandwich spread

Examples of hummus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serve with: More pita and dips like hummus or tzatziki. Lidey Heuck, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 One of the kids would carry a plate to the local market, ten minutes away, and spend a shilling, or about five cents, on hummus. Zaina Arafat, The New Yorker, 11 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 There’s still burgers and fries here, but now there’s homemade hummus, ahi nachos, a weekly steak night and Taco Tuesday. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024 Sides includes hummus, baba ghanoush, fries and falafel. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 20 Feb. 2024 Lunch could be a sandwich on whole-wheat bread — maybe made with cheese, avocado, hummus, lettuce and tomato — or leftover veggies wrapped in a whole-grain tortilla. Alice Callahan, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2024 The group also offers tips on food donations ‒ avoid peanut butter or hummus because the migrants might be unfamiliar with that ‒ and also what kinds of clothes or personal goods are most in need. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2024 Baba’s is a local Palestinian restaurant with fresh and skillfully seasoned food and lucky for us its hummus is sold in a lot of grocery stores here. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Arabic ḥummuṣ chickpeas

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hummus was in 1949

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“Hummus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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