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 Popular items on the menu include the hummus and pita bread platters, baba ghanoush, chicken shawarma and mixed kebab platters. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Omar’s Pizza & Mediterranean Grill brings eclectic menu to Fairview Park," 24 Sep. 2019 Look for Sajj’s shawarma and falafel fast-casual dishes to open next in San Ramon at The Shops at Bishop Ranch. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Sajj Mediterranean expands to San Jose; next is San Ramon," 21 Aug. 2019 The adorable, year-old fast-casual spot in a Kearny Mesa strip mall puts a fresh spin on traditional dishes like rotisserie meat shawarma wraps, bowls, dips and desserts. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado’s new hotspot, San Diego’s coolest happy hour and more from our must list," 3 Sep. 2019 This isn’t to say that beef and lamb shawarma have disappeared completely. Nick Kindelsperger,, "From shawarma to falafel, where to find the best Middle Eastern sandwiches in Chicagoland," 16 Aug. 2019 Add a pinch of sea salt, the honey, shawarma spice and chili powder. Emanuelle Lee,, "Veggie shawarma pita sandwich is a meat-free alternative for lunch or dinner," 14 Aug. 2019 The warm pita bread is coated with pesto sauce and melted mozzarella and feta cheeses and topped with roasted bell peppers and the spice-forward chicken shawarma. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: San Diego taco institution opens third location in Mission Valley," 12 Sep. 2019 Worthy stops beyond restaurants: Sangak at Wholesome Choice (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) The food court of this Irvine grocery store serves kebabs and fragrant stews (and also pastas, shawarma and crepes) to a clamoring lunchtime crowd. Los Angeles Times, "Two food writers eat at all the Persian restaurants in SoCal (OK, 18 of them)," 6 Aug. 2019 The menu spotlights mezza, or small plates, including hummus, falafel and shawarma, as well as a variety of kebabs and lamb dishes and a section of vegetarian dishes. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "The 'most exciting Lebanese restaurant in metro Phoenix' just opened in Glendale," 11 July 2019

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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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The first known use of shawarma was in 1953

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