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 pilaff (audio) , -​ˈlȯf ; ˈpē-​ˌläf , -​ˌlȯf \ or pilau \ pi-​ˈlō How to pronounce pilau (audio) , -​ˈlȯ How to pronounce pilau (audio) , ˈpē-​(ˌ)lō , -​ˌlȯ ; Southern often  ˈpər-​(ˌ)lü , -​(ˌ)lō \ or pilaw \ pi-​ˈlō How to pronounce pilaw (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 Check the cafe's Facebook page for daily menus featuring a wrap of the day along with sides such as teriyaki pilaf, maple dijon lentil salad and mac n' peas. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "10 metro Phoenix restaurants with vegan and vegetarian food and coffee for takeout," 1 Apr. 2020 Serving Lake Erie perch with fresh-cut fries, slaw, rice pilaf, roll and butter. cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Fish Fry Guide 2020," 6 Mar. 2020 This last one is for leek dumplings—made from a family recipe—and lamb pilaf, around $25 for the till. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "The Restaurant at the Edge of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 Serving Lake Erie perch with fresh-cut fries, slaw, rice pilaf, roll and butter. cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Fish Fry Guide 2020," 6 Mar. 2020 Each region boasts their own distinct versions of two staples: plov—a pilaf-like rice dish with stewed meat and vegetables—and bread, called non, that’s available fresh at the market every morning. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Uzbekistan, A Country Undergoing a Tourism Renaissance," 24 Feb. 2020 The March 17 meal for four ($65), for example: sumac roasted pork loin with rice pilaf, roasted root vegetables and apricot sauce, with the gatah for dessert, a warm Armenian sweet roll with bourbon icing. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's which Milwaukee restaurants and bars are open for takeout and delivery amid coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Serving Lake Erie perch with fresh-cut fries, slaw, rice pilaf, roll and butter. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Fish Fry Guide 2020: Northeast Ohio’s most complete list," 26 Feb. 2020 Options include salads, sandwiches, campechana with smoked poblano, oak smoked barbacoa tacos and Cajun chicken with boudin pilaf and collard greens. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Where to eat near The Galleria in Houston," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of pilaf was in 1609

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13 Jun 2020

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“Pilaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilaf. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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

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