ta·​hi·​ni tə-ˈhē-nē How to pronounce tahini (audio)
: a smooth paste of sesame seeds

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Arabic variations of the Turkish specialty stick closer to the original but are dressed up with a few more toppings, such as pickles, garlic sauce or nutty tahini. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 Good food sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy greens, and sesame seeds or tahini. Brittany Risher, Woman's Day, 13 Nov. 2020 To be specific, executive chef Matt Foley’s new menu item is skewers of kangaroo tenderloin encrusted with traditional Australian spice rub and served over a bed of herbed tahini, marinated cucumbers and pickled onions, with pops of golden-brown lentils and fried chickpeas. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2023 Meanwhile, in a blender, preferably a high-speed one, combine the spinach, cilantro, tahini, lime juice, water, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, and maple syrup or honey. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2023 Here, the kangaroo comes in grilled, skewered pieces atop an herbed tahini sauce with pickled red onions and crisp cucumber. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2023 Their original recipe calls for homemade mango amba (a spiced, pickled condiment), garlicky tahini sauce, and harissa. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 8 Mar. 2023 Double-chocolate tahini mushroom brownies? Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2022 Make the tahini sauce. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 22 May 2020 See More

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Word History


Arabic dialect ṭaḥīna, from ṭaḥana to grind

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tahini was in 1950

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Cite this Entry

“Tahini.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tahini. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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