\ ˈnän How to pronounce naan (audio) , ˈnan How to pronounce naan (audio) \
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Definition of naan

: a round flat leavened bread especially of the Indian subcontinent

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The same goes for soft breads like focaccia, pita, or naan. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Kitchen Shears Are the $15 Kitchen Upgrade You Need," 19 Jan. 2018 Zak Baker likened it to Italian naan, or pita; the bread is made on a griddle, and the sandwich is constructed on the griddle. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Italian restaurant planned for east Tosa," 28 June 2018 In a January 2017 review, then-Bee food critic Carla Meyer identified the restaurant's burger, field greens salad and naan as three highlights. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Wildwood Kitchen & Bar closed for the next month after fire," 25 June 2018 In recent years, the area has been transformed into a little South Asia, with a mosque and a large halal grocery store, where women in abayas and niqabs shop for Medina dates and Afghani naan. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "1 Neighborhood. 24 Kindergarten Classes. 40 Languages. (Some Miming Helps.)," 29 June 2018 Indian food is far more than naan and tikka masala. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Floyd Cardoz’s Spiced Asparagus With Coconut and Turmeric Rice," 21 June 2018 For bread with enhancements, there are kulcha stuffed with red onion ($2.99) and bullet naan ($3.99) made with green chile, among others. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New owners bring fine flavors to Royal India restaurant on Milwaukee's south side," 12 June 2018 While the grill is on, set a few rounds of Indian naan on the rack to heat them, then sprinkle with za’atar, a Middle Eastern herb mix containing sesame seed, sumac, dried hyssop or thyme, and other aromatics. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Prepare several mezze plates for this rehearsal dinner, which won’t cost a crazy amount of money," 4 June 2018 But lunch today is not very Japanese: Keema curry, naan, nata de coco yoghurt, and milk. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of naan

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for naan

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

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English Language Learners Definition of naan

: an Indian bread that is round, flat, and soft

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