lo mein


: a Chinese dish consisting of sliced vegetables, soft noodles, and usually meat or shrimp in bite-size pieces stir-fried in a seasoned sauce

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Also, there’s some lo mein stuck to your shirt. Claire Friedman, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2022 The Massachusetts college student had eaten rice, chicken and lo mein from a restaurant. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2022 Toss Italian spaghetti with a Chinese shrimp sauce, carrots, scallions, red onion, and Napa cabbage to make this quick, delicious lo mein. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Jan. 2023 Find them fresh or dried, with a number of different names and sizes, including lo mein, chow mein and wonton (thick or thin). Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Take, for example, the chicken lo mein (small, $7.75; large, $10.65). Kendyl Kearly, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2022 One was steak tacos and churros from Pedro’s Mexican Grill in Anchorage, and the other an array of Chinese takeout classics from Famous Wok, including lo mein, beef broccoli and General Tso’s chicken. New York Times, 5 May 2022 The lo mein was simply a red herring that the doctors dismissed, according to the article's editor and director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, Eric Rosenberg. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2022 The report noted that the student had eaten leftover rice, chicken and lo mein. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


Chinese (Guangdong) lòu-mihn stirred noodles

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lo mein was in 1970

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“Lo mein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lo%20mein. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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