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 Freshness is one of the reasons his shawarma is so good. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 Most people in the Middle East agree that the best shawarma comes from Turkey. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 But the chicken shawarma (sandwich or, at dinner, as an entree), thigh meat cut from a rotisserie, is another great choice, as is falafel. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2021 The dish, developed in Mexico City, was inspired by the Lebanese shawarma. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Inside this Daly City Exxon station is a spinning shawarma whose juicy meat gets shaved off into wraps and hummus plates. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 June 2021 The staff now peels oyster mushrooms to varying sizes, so that some pieces turn crispy on the flat-top, replicating the mix of textures found with beef shawarma. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 The bakery’s neighbors include a kosher shawarma and falafel place that opened in 2020 and, naturally, a Chabad House. Alix Wall,, 27 May 2021 The one dish that sticks in my mind like a lick from a favorite song is the cauliflower shawarma at Mayfield restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2021 See More

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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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“Shawarma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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