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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With pani puri, each person is in total control of the flavor. Arsh Raziuddin, Bon Appétit, 11 Feb. 2022 This will make up the bulk of the filling for your puri shells. Arsh Raziuddin, Bon Appétit, 11 Feb. 2022 He was rewarded with puri-aloo, a traditional Indian dish of potato curry, eaten with fried bread. Alexander Saeedy, WSJ, 29 Jan. 2022 Its halal buffet offers enchanting delicacies like biryani, karahi gosht, haleem, palak paneer and a puri station. Fredrick Ochami, Chron, 5 Nov. 2021 The two would sit in the kitchen making rotis and pani puri en masse to make sure everyone filtering in and out had their fill. NBC News, 4 Aug. 2021 Shotis puri is a traditional Georgian bread baked on the inner walls of a clay oven. Aj Willingham, CNN, 8 July 2021 Dassana's Veg Recipes will tell you how to make your own pani puri. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Sep. 2020 It’s about finding the chaat wallah in a specific alleyway who serves Mumbai’s best bhel puri; the superlative noodle stall in Singapore in a sea of food vendors; the doubles in Tobago sold out of an unmarked van in a parking lot. Priya Krishna, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Sep. 2020 See More

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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 28 Jan. 2023.

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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