pu·​ri ˈpu̇r-ē How to pronounce puri (audio)
plural puri or puris
: a puffy fried wheat cake of India

Examples of puri in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starting with its famous pani puri, the menu’s 16 courses take guests to the four corners of India while celebrating the diversity of the country’s ingredients and cultural heritage. Claudia De Brito, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Nov. 2023 The meal featured savory and sweet mini dosas, Italian pastas with Indian chilis, pani puri filled with tequila or vodka shots, and traditional curries. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, 5 Nov. 2023 Or a floppy specimen stuffed with split peas, also known as dhal puri. Priya Krishna, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Finally, beeline to India Square for chaat, including bite-size orbs of pani puri, Indian Chinese specialties like paneer chile and an extensive South Indian dosa menu. Nikita Richardson, New York Times, 13 June 2023 During her time at Eastern Michigan University, Thatikonda would spend days in Farmington with Dhubba eating vegetarian biryani, mirchi bajji and pani puri — foods that reminded her of home. Marin Wolf, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 Today, pani puri. Arsh Raziuddin, Bon Appétit, 11 Feb. 2022 Shiv Sagar serves pani puri, chaat with or without yogurt, and even offers popular Indian brands of carbonated sodas like Limca and Thums Up. Megha McSwain, Chron, 11 Nov. 2022 With pani puri, each person is in total control of the flavor. Arsh Raziuddin, Bon Appétit, 11 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu pūrī, from Sanskrit pūra

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puri was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Puri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puri. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Pu·​ri ˈpu̇r-ē How to pronounce Puri (audio)
city on the Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha, eastern India population 157,610

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