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


Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastramă pressed and cured meat

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pastrami was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Pastrami.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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pas·​tra·​mi pə-ˈsträm-ē How to pronounce pastrami (audio)
: a highly seasoned smoked beef
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