ke·​bab | \ kə-ˈbäb How to pronounce kebab (audio) also ˈkā-ˌbäb How to pronounce kebab (audio) \
variants: or kebob or less commonly

Definition of kebab

: 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 This box has chunks of Colby jack cheese, in kebab form with chunks of sausage snack sticks. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skip the PB&J and pack a Wisconsin school lunch inspired by tailgating, Kwik Trip and the State Fair," 10 Sep. 2019 Image As the smoky scent of grilling filled the afternoon air, Anthony Graciolett sidled up to the blue food cart with the crossed kebabs imprinted on its side and ordered a hot dog with sauerkraut. New York Times, "In Astoria, Lining Up for the Souvlaki Lady," 13 June 2018 They are served kebabs and Persian tea and their phones are confiscated to prevent leaks. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, "U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy," 8 Aug. 2019 In Kashmir, Forster came across a shop where kebabs and beefsteaks were being prepared and conversation was flowing easily, reminiscent of the coffee houses in London. Anu Kumar, Quartz India, "An 18th-century British merchant’s account of how the empire ruled India," 26 July 2019 No problem,’’ Pacquiao said between bites of beef kebab. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Breakfast of champions: How Manny Pacquiao pigs out before fight with Keith Thurman," 18 July 2019 The menu spotlights mezza, or small plates, including hummus, falafel and shawarma, as well as a variety of kebabs and lamb dishes and a section of vegetarian dishes. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "The 'most exciting Lebanese restaurant in metro Phoenix' just opened in Glendale," 11 July 2019 Chef-owner Tony Sohi, of Danville’s Santorini and Walnut Creek’s Silk Road, offers a mix of pastas, sandwiches, kebabs and other specialties, like tender lamb shanks in tomato sauce. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "10 best new Bay Area restaurants for outdoor dining," 24 June 2019 The döner kebab can be found on dozens of street corners in Germany. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "5 food trucks not to miss at this weekend's Food Truck Mash-Up event," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of kebab

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kebab

ultimately from Arabic or Persian kabāb, from Turkish kebap

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English Language Learners Definition of kebab

: a dish made by pushing a long, thin stick (called a skewer) through pieces of meat and vegetables and cooking them on a grill

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