hum·​mus | \ ˈhə-məs How to pronounce hummus (audio) , ˈhu̇- How to pronounce hummus (audio) \

Definition of hummus

: 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 The menu has items like poblano chilaquiles and quesadillas, chipotle queso, Old World hummus, Spanish paella and Egyptian falafel. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 4 Sep. 2021 Start with the mini elk tacos, black-eyed pea hummus or fried green tomatoes, while enjoying tunes from the patio. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 The obvious solution: selling his hummus in grocery stores. New York Times, 21 June 2021 Transfer hummus to serving bowl, top with fresh pico de gallo and crumbled cojita cheese (optional, but delish!). Amy Drew Thompson,, 12 May 2021 Carpenter Hotel, a stylish haunt in an old union hall, serves fresh-baked kolaches (pastry) in its café and innovative dishes like Tex Mez, a white bean hummus with pecan baba ganoush, golden beets, and feta, at its restaurant, Carpenters Hall. Ashlea Halpern, Marie Claire, 5 May 2021 My view on appropriation may be different than the average person because of the Israeli-Palestinian case, where Israeli restaurant menus might credit the tagines as Moroccan and the salads as Tunisian but won’t ever call the hummus Palestinian. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 Spread about 1/4 cup hummus on each piece of baguette. Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 Add a little of your favorite hot sauce to the rest of your ingredients for a spicy hummus. Lauren Corona,, 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hummus

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hummus

Arabic ḥummuṣ chickpeas

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7 Sep 2021

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“Hummus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hummus

: a soft food made of ground chickpeas, garlic, and oil

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