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.
Recent Examples on the Web Go for the barbecue, stay for: the pastrami, which is offered on Thursdays only as a special at both locations. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 18 May 2022 The space was transformed—the fluorescent lights were replaced with disco balls—but the pastrami happily remained. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 1 May 2022 In Cleveland, Larder run by Jeremy Umansky a two-time James Beard nominee for Best includes meats, fish and a variety of vegan offerings including a vegan pastrami made from mushrooms . Phil Lempert, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 From the start, founder Micah Wexler, who has a background in fine dining, used traditional methods to cure and smoke his own pastrami and salmon in-house. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Maybe this pastrami is a clue for something, who knows? Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 His best-seller now is the pastrami on Dutch Crunch, which gets a spicy kick from pepperoncini aioli. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Mar. 2022 In what was seen as a major breakthrough, owners conceded to have the pastrami. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 22 Feb. 2022 The result is the Pastrami Sando, a savory Katz’s-meets-Tokyo mashup in which ribbons of fresh pastrami are diced, breaded with Panko and fried, before Baker piles it onto Japanese-style milk bread slicked with red onion marmalade and hot mustard. Phillip Valys,, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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5 Jun 2022

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“Pastrami.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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