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 At the end of our first post-vaccine dinner party, the tablecloth was stained, the candles were burned down to nubs, and the dog was licking up bits of rice pilaf that, at some point, fell to the floor. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Our food was ordinary: gelatinous Wishbone Italian dressing over iceberg lettuce; boxed rice pilaf plumped with bouillon; chicken breasts swathed in breadcrumbs and baked beneath pats of butter. Hannah Selinger, Bon Appétit, 2 July 2021 Slow-roasted with lots of herbs and olive oil and served with a fluffy rice pilaf, a good salmon entree can feel as elegant and decadent as a four-hour stew. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Lighter options include lemon chicken quinoa salad with edamame and roasted red pepper or ahi tuna steak with wild rice pilaf and wasabi aioli. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Serve with a simple rice or orzo pilaf, or with bread. Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Back then, Jimmy’s on the Mall was the fanciest game in town, serving steak tips and rice pilaf for a fair price and a side salad to boot. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Remember each cough can spray a bunch of larger respiratory droplets at you like forcefully opening a fanny pack full of rice pilaf. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Baked Atlantic Ocean cod with rice pilaf, slaw and tartar sauce. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2021

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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Pilaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilaf. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pilaf

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


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