variants or less commonly nan
: a round flat leavened bread especially of the Indian subcontinent

Examples of naan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The changes also expand access to whole grains like quinoa, wild rice and millet and to foods such as teff and whole wheat naan. CBS News, 9 Apr. 2024 Don’t forget an order of cherry naan ($5) stuffed with a sweet red paste, or dive fully into sugar land with kulfi falooda ($5) ice cream sundaes. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 1 Apr. 2024 The group also tried other dishes, including potato cream curry and little black chickpea cakes, which were served with rice and naan. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Classic butter chicken is rich and deep, with plenty of sauce left to sop up with naan. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2024 The Indian and Nepalese concept serves traditional-style curry dishes along with tandoori-style meals and fresh naan. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 23 Jan. 2024 One diner, Raksha Bahl, 80, ordered butter chicken with fluffy naan. Suhasini Raj Anindito Mukherjee, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Think decadent stews like chicken tikka masala and chana masala along with naan. Leena Trivedi-Grenier, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 A couple slices of bread will do the trick, but there are also rolls, pita pockets, bagels, naan, and more. Pick some produce. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Verywell Health, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu & Persian; Hindi & Urdu nān bread, from Persian

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of naan was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Naan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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