pi·​laf | \pi-ˈläf, -ˈlȯf;ˈpē-ˌläf, -ˌlȯf \
variants: or less commonly pilaff \pi-​ˈläf, -​ˈlȯf; ˈpē-​ˌläf, -​ˌlȯf \ or pilau \pi-​ˈlō, -​ˈlȯ, ˈpē-​(ˌ)lō, -​ˌlȯ; Southern often ˈpər-​(ˌ)lü, -​(ˌ)lō \ or pilaw \pi-​ˈlō, -​ˈlȯ, ˈpē-​(ˌ)lō, -​ˌlȯ; Southern often ˈpər-​(ˌ)lü, -​(ˌ)lō \

Definition of pilaf 

: a dish made of seasoned rice and often meat

Examples of pilaf in a Sentence

a serving of rice pilaf

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Remove from the heat; keep covered and let the pilaf sit for 5 minutes. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 This rice dish is based on one of the most famous Persian polos (pilaf), known as sabzi polo. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "What Is Saffron, the World's Most Legendary Spice?," 5 Feb. 2018 Think seared wild salmon over rice pilaf topped with creamy avocado tzatziki sauce and fresh tomato oregano relish; shrimp and white wine squid-ink ravioli with prawns sautéed in a roasted garlic white wine butter sauce. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Providence is bursting with new things to see, do, and eat," 23 May 2018 Acú melded State Fair showmanship with genteel herbs and a roasted glaze over lamb with dark-meat luster on a bed of rice pilaf with pine nuts and crispy vermicelli. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018 Menu options feature salmon, creamy dill sauce, rice pilaf and mixed vegetables or vegetable soup, egg salad on romaine and roll. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Rotary to host Wine, Brews & Buckaroos," 9 May 2018 Its delicate white flowers come apart when simmered in sambar, a south Indian lentil stew, or steamed with basmati rice to make a fragrant pilaf. Nikhita Venugopal, Bon Appetit, "I Grew Up Eating This Common Indian Vegetable. Now It's a Wellness 'Superfood.'," 14 May 2018 Fried fish, salmon and rice pilaf, sides, homemade soup and desserts. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "It's fish fry season! Don't miss these 35+ fish fries in Louisville for Lent 2018," 16 Feb. 2018 Noni users zoom in and out of the dish through their phone, picking up on tiny details such as the individual grains in a rice pilaf or even the crispy edges on a stack of pancakes. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Diners can get 3-D preview of meal via UCF students' app," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pilaf

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pilaf

Turkish & Persian; Turkish pilav, from Persian pilāv

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: a dish that is made of seasoned rice and vegetables and often meat

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