pilaf

noun

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
: a dish made of seasoned rice and often meat

Examples of pilaf in a Sentence

a serving of rice pilaf
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Word History

Etymology

Turkish & Persian; Turkish pilav, from Persian pilāv

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pilaf was in 1609

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Cite this Entry

“Pilaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilaf. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pilaf

noun
pi·​laf
variants also pilaff or pilau
pi-ˈlō How to pronounce pilaf (audio)
-ˈlȯ,
ˈpē-;
 Southern often  ˈpər-lü,
-lō
: a dish made of seasoned rice and often meat
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