kib·​be ˈki-bē How to pronounce kibbe (audio)
variants or kibbeh or kibbi
: a Near Eastern dish of ground lamb and bulgur that is eaten cooked or raw

Examples of kibbe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eating kibbe bi safarjaliyeh, a savory meat and quince dish from Aleppo, Syria, on the first night of Eid stirs up happy memories. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 There’s usually someone in the group who will pop the last piece of cheese into her mouth (my kid), or scrape the last bits of kibbe from the plate (me). New York Times, 7 Feb. 2020 The rice, fragrant with nutmeg, cardamom and allspice, is combined with a ground-meat-and-onion mixture frequently used to fill kibbe balls. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019 Just an announcement: The old school menu — with its pastas and meats and margarine — would be replaced with one that featured oatmeal, vegan bread and meat-free kibbe. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2019 What: The parishioners of Saint Elias Maronite Church prepare and serve a feast that includes such Lebanese dishes as baked kibbe, lemon chicken, grape leaves and spinach pies., 31 Jan. 2018 Wolfert researched and published dozens of recipes for kibbe and kofta during her long career. Jennifer Graue, The Mercury News, 27 May 2017 Even so, the city is also known for its food, especially Mosul’s kibbe, flat bulgur wheat discs stuffed with ground meat that are famous all over Iraq. Tim Arango, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2016

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Word History


Arabic dialect (Levant) kibba

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kibbe was in 1829

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“Kibbe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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