pi·​laf | \ pi-ˈläf How to pronounce pilaf (audio) , -ˈlȯf; ˈpē-ˌläf, -ˌlȯf How to pronounce pilaf (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pilaff \ pi-​ˈläf How to pronounce pilaf (audio) , -​ˈlȯf ; ˈpē-​ˌläf , -​ˌlȯf \ or pilau \ pi-​ˈlō How to pronounce pilaf (audio) , -​ˈlȯ How to pronounce pilaf (audio) , ˈpē-​(ˌ)lō , -​ˌlȯ ; Southern often  ˈpər-​(ˌ)lü , -​(ˌ)lō \ or pilaw \ pi-​ˈlō How to pronounce pilaf (audio) , -​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
Recent Examples on the Web Pair with an orange sorbet dessert or a lentil and burrata pilaf. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Then, to test overall performance, these in-house chefs prepared two dishes—a classic French omelette and rice pilaf — checking to see if the eggs or rice stuck to the pans. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2022 The competition required Fishbaugh to prepare sautéed chicken with fine herb sauce, garlic green beans and rice pilaf. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 So American style Chinese takeout rice is much different than rice pilaf, or rice pudding, or sushi rice, for instance. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 5 July 2022 This kit includes 144 servings and the selection is more inventive than some other options, including sweet habanero chili with pineapple, rice pilaf, and cheesy potato soup, plus oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 28 June 2022 This set earned a perfect score for its nonstick coating which successfully prevented the rice pilaf from sticking to the sides of the pan, and allowed the omelette to slide off onto a plate seamlessly. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2022 Pair with duck a l’orange or a lentil and red pepper pilaf. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 As Copeland worked fastidiously to set out utensils and condiments at COTS, women and children slowly trickled in, filling plates to the brim with roasted chicken, candied yams, rice pilaf and Jones' signature Accra banana cake. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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“Pilaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilaf. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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