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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In other words, siu mei is something food lovers buy, not make — much like charcuterie in France, pit barbecue in the American South and Central European deli meats like pastrami and corned beef. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 The pastrami dog is on the lunch menu and only nettling the dining room between 11 AM and 9 PM each day. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At 3 Squares Diner there’s a dog that won’t bark," 12 July 2018 Wexler also plans to introduce items specific to the Palm Springs location, such as a pastrami burger and pancakes. Jenn Harris,, "Restaurateur Bill Chait (the guy who brought you Bestia) to open his first L.A. restaurant in over 2 years," 12 June 2018 Most folks around town use factory pastrami or corned beef from Vienna or Ginsberg from Detroit’s United Meat and Deli. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Steingold's is the Jewish deli of the future," 3 Dec. 2017 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

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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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