ke·bab | \kə-ˈbäb also ˈkā-ˌbäb \
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

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Paulus Borisho, 55, was in his kebab shop around 50 feet away, and the explosion made his windows shudder. Ellen Barry And Christina Anderson, New York Times, "Hand Grenades and Gang Violence Rattle Sweden’s Middle Class," 3 Mar. 2018 But the unexpected halibut kebabs were also amazing. Craig Laban,, "Fishtown's Suraya is one of the most exciting new dining destinations of the year," 22 June 2018 The cherry tomatoes on their own make a fine side to grilled swordfish or chicken kebabs. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: Think of this pasta with melted cherry tomatoes and arugula pesto as your new go-to dish," 11 June 2018 Beef and chicken kebabs are respectable enough, made of whole meat, not ground. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Uighur Specialties, With Lamb Front and Center, at Kebab Empire," 8 Feb. 2018 Mehmet Turgut, who runs a Turkish kebab restaurant in the northern city of Rostock, is shot dead. Fox News, "A brief history of German neo-Nazi group NSU," 11 July 2018 The menu includes hot and cold mezza; kebabs and seafood predominate the mains. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: Two newcomers to the 'burbs," 16 May 2018 There's also a bit of a Middle Eastern influence thanks to its proximity to that region and the leftovers of Belgian colonialism exhibited by dishes like brochettes (similar to kebabs) and frites. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Refugees opening east African restaurant in Detroit's New Center," 21 June 2018 Seeing a puzzled customer, a smiling woman came over and read it all in English, and helped order lamb kebab. Fox News, "Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image," 20 June 2018

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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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