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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Two eggs with pastrami hash and a seltzer cost $24. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New Yorker Tours Times Square," 13 Nov. 2018 The pastrami is cured and smoked in-house, bagels are kettle-boiled and hand-rolled, and all breads are house-made next door. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 And the street markets sell spicy pastrami, fruit juices, and pistachio ice cream until late. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 The Mets have some of baseball's best food options and the pastrami offerings are quietly an important part of that mix. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "All 30 foods at MLB's new 'FoodFest,' ranked," 13 Mar. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pastrami

: highly seasoned smoked beef that is usually eaten in sandwiches

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