sha·​war·​ma shä-ˈwȯr-mə How to pronounce shawarma (audio)
: 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 His business — on a thriving strip in Paterson, New Jersey, renamed Palestine Way and bursting with halal meat markets and shawarma shops — has been a magnet for harassing voicemails. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 4 Nov. 2023 Falafel and chicken shawarma tacos at X’tiosu Kitchen Brothers Ignacio and Felipe Santiago combine their Oaxacan backgrounds with culinary experiences in a Lebanese kitchen to create X’tiosu’s famous tacos. Kat Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 The tasty shawarmas and other Middle Eastern favorites from Bucharest Grill are now available in Southfield. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 17 July 2023 What’s interesting is that al pastor is a tradition born of immigration, of cultural fusion and influence from Lebanese people who’d moved to Puebla and modeled it after their own famous lamb dish: shawarma. Alicia Kennedy, Bon Appétit, 28 Sep. 2023 Seven bars and restaurants, including an international buffet, offer something for everyone, from mezze platters and shawarma to pizza and seafood. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 13 Aug. 2023 Bucharest Grill's shawarmas include those made with chicken breast, beef, lamb, falafel and a vegetarian option. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 17 July 2023 Look for his pro tip on ordering shawarma wraps to get the best ratio of meat to pita. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2023 The shawarmas include tomato, lettuce, pickles, mayonnaise and garlic spread all wrapped in a pita. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shawarma was in 1953

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Cite this Entry

“Shawarma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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