pas·​tra·​mi | \pə-ˈsträ-mē \
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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There was pastrami on rye cut into quarters, spinach knishes and little black and white cookies laid out neatly on a buffet table. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Displaced by Storm, Puerto Rican Students Land in New York," 28 Jan. 2018 The lighting is usually bad and the smells can range from plastic to pastrami sandwiches. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Delicious Vegan Bodega Just Opened in the West Village—Here's What to Try First," 1 Oct. 2018 Overwhelmed by so many historically significant and delicious-sounding egg-sandwich options — Patstrami Cline, $7.50, with pastrami, emmental, and stout mustard! Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "I biked 14 miles for a breakfast sandwich named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was worth it.," 30 July 2018 Layer pastrami on top of tomato, followed by lettuce. Heinz® Mayonnaise, Bon Appetit, "This “PLT” Will Be Your New Fave Sandwich," 25 June 2018 Remove the pastrami and toast the bread in the same pan or griddle. Heinz® Mayonnaise, Bon Appetit, "This “PLT” Will Be Your New Fave Sandwich," 25 June 2018 The pastrami itself is sliced thick and seems undercured, halfway between brisket and heaven. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At 3 Squares Diner there’s a dog that won’t bark," 12 July 2018 Steingold’s pastrami is Snake River Farms wagyu beef smoked for six hours and rubbed with a proprietary blend of spices. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Steingold's is the Jewish deli of the future," 3 Dec. 2017 Sarah Gish The pastrami, which was recommended to me by general manager Nick Wysong, is peppery, smoky, paper-thin and piled high. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Pastrami time: 5 things to know about Broadway Deli's ‘mostly Jewish’ specialties," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of pastrami

1899, 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 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of pastrami

: highly seasoned smoked beef that is usually eaten in sandwiches

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