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

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Jackfruit, along with buttermilk curds, also finds its way into dahi kebab, cheese croquettes ratcheted up with red chile powder in their semolina crusts. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Punjab Grill, there are plenty of gilty pleasures," 21 Aug. 2019 Few Persian restaurants across America veer from the kebab-centric model. Los Angeles Times, "Two Iranian American food writers talk Persian restaurant menus and home cooking," 10 Aug. 2019 The kebab itself is layered with a complex array of spices such as sumac. Nick Kindelsperger,, "From shawarma to falafel, where to find the best Middle Eastern sandwiches in Chicagoland," 16 Aug. 2019 Choose from falafel, chicken kebab or beef schwarma pita sandwiches all of which cost less than $5 before tax. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "10 best places for cheap eats in downtown Phoenix," 15 Aug. 2019 In Los Angeles, many of the Persian restaurants have been open a long time, and kebabs are what people expect. Los Angeles Times, "Two Iranian American food writers talk Persian restaurant menus and home cooking," 10 Aug. 2019 And chicken thighs striped as if by a Magic Marker on the grill make for a memorable kebab, presented on sunny yellow rice framed with tomatoes and peppers. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 24 July 2019 In the right hands – that is to say, German-Turkish ones – the doner kebab is a nutritious and satisfying snack that bursts with flavour. 1843, "Don’t knock the doner kebab," 10 July 2019 Any confusion could be avoided if kebabs were, as their Arabic root suggests, always sold burned. The Economist, "Europe heroically defends itself against veggie burgers," 28 June 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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