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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Soon, long lines regularly snaked through the outdoor seating and onto the sidewalk, as customers waited for chicken boti sizzlers, gola kebabs and samosas. Louis Hansen, The Seattle Times, "One way to keep food-service workers in pricey places: Pay their rent," 17 Aug. 2018 Tim Cahill celebrated his return to Championship side Millwall by munching down on a kebab with his new teammates., "Tim Cahill Celebrates Return to Millwall by Tucking Into A Kebab With His New Teammates," 3 Feb. 2018 New influences keep arriving, too: An influx of Syrian refugees in Tripoli has made Aleppo sour cherry kebab a city staple. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 And almost half the menu is devoted to kebabs: lamb, pork belly wrapped in enoki mushroom, silky Japanese eggplant topped with bracing raw-garlic paste. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "At Le Sia, Find Nirvana in Crawfish Domination," 4 June 2017 The menu’s the same for lunch and dinner for now, which means entrees hovering around $15, spiking to $23 for an underportioned mixed grill of chicken, meatballs and doner kebab with lamb and beef. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Basil Mediterranean Kitchen speaks Turkish fluently," 1 Mar. 2018 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

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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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