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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Menu items include beef aguachile, Mayan hummus and osso bucco carnitas. Dallas News, 13 Dec. 2022 The hummus at Mary'z Mediterranean is a simple blend of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and tahini, amped up with a layer of meat of your choice. Emma Balter, Chron, 6 Dec. 2022 Top hummus with mushroom-pine nut topping and drizzle fresh olive oil overtop. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2022 Balkan restaurants are typically known for their generous meat platters accompanied with red pepper dip ajvar, which has been described as the Macedonian hummus. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 28 Oct. 2022 Get the hummus and half of a side of teriyaki and mix it together. cleveland, 13 Oct. 2022 Early in the season, Mo comes across a chocolate-hummus display in a grocery store and berates the nice white woman who is passing out samples. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2022 Eyes pop at the sight of a vivid carpet of fried chickpeas, yellow bell peppers, breezy green mint and purple olives atop what tastes like the lightest hummus ever. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 The menu has items like poblano chilaquiles and quesadillas, chipotle queso, Old World hummus, Spanish paella and Egyptian falafel. The Courier-Journal, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 2 Feb. 2023.

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