pas·​tra·​mi | \ pə-ˈsträ-mē How to pronounce pastrami (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pastromi

Definition of pastrami

: a highly seasoned smoked beef prepared especially from shoulder cuts

Examples of pastrami in a Sentence

He ordered a pastrami sandwich.
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First Known Use of pastrami

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pastrami

Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastramă pressed and cured meat

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The first known use of pastrami was in 1895

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“Pastrami.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pastrami

: highly seasoned smoked beef that is usually eaten in sandwiches

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