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 Indian-Pakistani restaurant Himalaya, located at 6652 Southwest Freeway, offers kebabs, curries, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Taste the world with delivery, takeout from these Houston restaurants," 3 Apr. 2020 Go Monday through Thursday for tacos and estofado and on Fridays for hummus, kisir and kebab Hindi. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The best Denver restaurants to take visiting friends and family," 20 Dec. 2019 Grease each kebab with a little cooking oil spray or olive oil (to help prevent sticking), then sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of za’atar. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "A 25-minute turkey kebab recipe that delivers big flavors on busy nights," 7 Oct. 2019 Noodles play their part, too, light and springy rice noodles called pancit, stir-fried with cabbage and pork and served with lumpia and a kebab for $10.50. Mike Sutter,, "3 San Antonio food trucks worth leaving the house to get your takeout of carnitas, barbecue and Filipino classics," 9 Apr. 2020 One night Colbert came out in a suit that looked like a blue kebab. Chris Jones,, "Craig Taylor retires as Second City’s stage manager after 41 years. This guy has seen some stuff.," 7 Aug. 2019 Don’t forget the prepared-food section at the far end of the store, which is stocked with kebabs, hummus, falafel and dips (the spicy eggplant is pretty great on that sangak), as well as Indian, Chinese, Italian and Mexican dishes. Los Angeles Times, "We’re big fans of these 11 supermarkets," 26 Feb. 2020 Used to form kebabs, top cheesy fries and as the center of its classic burger, the restaurant relies on the Beyond Meat and Impossible brands of meat substitutes to anchor its menu. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Euro-Asian cafe on Bardstown Road serves stellar fries, a standout on disjointed menu," 8 Jan. 2020 But Masroor did some research, found a spot close to his fans — the former Il Borgo — and started serving leek-and-scallion dumplings and lamb kebabs at Aracosia in January. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "With Aracosia, McLean gets its wish: A taste of Afghan," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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“Kebab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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