ke·​bab kə-ˈbäb How to pronounce kebab (audio)
ˈkā-ˌbäb How to pronounce kebab (audio)
variants or kebob or less commonly kabob
: cubes of meat (such as lamb or beef) marinated and cooked with vegetables usually on a skewer

Examples of kebab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most kebabs are best cooked over direct medium-high or high heat. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 Serve these kebabs with rice, roasted potatoes or whole-grain pita pockets and a green salad to round out this colorful, veggie-ful main dish. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2023 Turkish and Egyptian kebabs are another version of the same idea. John Mariani, Forbes, 17 July 2023 There is also a world of ground-meat kebabs out there, which might be called koftas, brochettes or seekh kebabs. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 Assembling a backpack full of documents required countless visits to multiple administration buildings, concealing their anxiety before numerous clerks and officers, paying bribes, and treating key connections to the best kebabs in town. James Millward,, 3 Aug. 2023 From burgers to kebabs, any main course will seamlessly mesh with this easy summer side. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 31 July 2023 Bell peppers bring a low-calorie crunch to kebabs, along with potassium, vitamin C and folate. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2023 If there’s time, some take an early lunch of traditional kebabs, stews, mezes, and soups at the top-floor restaurant of the nearby Konak Mazlum Hotel. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History


ultimately from Arabic or Persian kabāb, from Turkish kebap

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kebab was in 1673

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Cite this Entry

“Kebab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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