pu·​ri | \ ˈpu̇r-ē How to pronounce puri (audio) \
plural puri or puris

Definition of puri

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a puffy fried wheat cake of India


geographical name
Pu·​ri | \ ˈpu̇r-ē How to pronounce Puri (audio) \

Definition of Puri (Entry 2 of 2)

city on the Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha, eastern India population 157,610

Examples of puri in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Like chapati, puri is made from a simple durum wheat flour dough. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 25 Mar. 2020 Fuchka typically contains mashed potato and bengal gram, while pani puri’s main ingredient is chickpeas. NBC News, 17 Feb. 2020 A few San Francisco favorites, including butter chicken and dahi puri, will carry over to Palo Alto, too. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 7 Jan. 2020 For a dramatic start, order the dahi batata puri, a chaat, popular all over India, that looks something like a cluster of cartoon dinosaur eggs. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of puri


1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puri


Hindi & Urdu pūrī, from Sanskrit pūra

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“Puri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puri. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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