sha·​war·​ma | \ shä-ˈwȯr-mə How to pronounce shawarma (audio) , ˈshwȯr-mə \

Definition of shawarma

: a sandwich especially of sliced lamb or chicken, vegetables, and often tahini wrapped in pita bread

Examples of shawarma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Altillawi brothers want to make Middle Eastern shawarma as familiar to South Floridians as, say, Mexico’s taco. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Sufrãt brings Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes to Pembroke Pines," 30 Dec. 2020 The shawarma, the soul of the restaurant, must be cooked on a vertical spit with proper stacking. Soleil Ho,, "In Oakland, the shawarma of a homesick Jordanian's dreams is a takeout win," 6 Aug. 2020 Either way, that makes for a sad shawarma or curry night at home. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Replenish your spice rack at Ali Baba International Food Market," 19 Sep. 2020 Al pastor tacos made with thin cuts of marinated pork cooked on a spit — a cooking technique adopted from Lebanese immigrants who brought shawarma to Mexico? Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "An elevated riff on traditional chile verde," 16 Sep. 2020 Originally from Jordan, Abutaha sought authentic shawarma in the Bay Area for years before trying to make his own. Kellie Hwang,, "Bay Briefing: Coronavirus cases explode among the young," 10 Aug. 2020 The goal while creating today's Grilled Chicken Shawarma Salad recipe was to come up with a great-tasting shawarma that emphasized vegetables. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Lower-fat yogurt dressing keeps Chicken Shawarma Salad healthful," 13 June 2020 On stepped the fast-food worker who makes chicken shawarma that’s delivered to doorsteps, the janitor who cleans grocery stores, the warehouse worker pulling together Amazon orders. John Eligon, New York Times, "Frequently Asked Questions and Advice," 11 Apr. 2020 The no-fuss downtown restaurant also offers homemade chicken and beef shawarma, as well as gyro meat. al, "10 places to find the best global cuisine in Birmingham," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of shawarma

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shawarma

Levantine Arabic shāwurma sliced lamb on a skewer, from Turkish çevirme, literally, turn, rotation, from çevir- turn

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15 Jan 2021

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“Shawarma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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