tahini

noun
ta·​hi·​ni | \ tə-ˈhē-nē How to pronounce tahini (audio) , tä-\

Definition of tahini

: a smooth paste of sesame seeds

Examples of tahini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together ½ tablespoon tahini, ½ tablespoon rice vinegar and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Drain noodles and rinse under cold water. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Win the Weekday Lunch Game," 30 Aug. 2018 Other predicted trends have been staples in cuisines outside the U.S. (tahini) and/or popular in the food world for a long time (orange wine). Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 For dinner, tuck into local dishes like eggplant fatteh, made with fried eggplant, tahini, and fried bread. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 And four-ingredient cashew cream is another versatile choice, as is hummus or tahini, whether used on its own or mixed with herbs and spices. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 But Salmonella can also turn up in unexpected places — like in tahini, or on cantaloupes, or even drugs like cannabis and kratom. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Machine learning could help figure out what pooped on your produce," 12 Dec. 2018 This can be lemon or lime juice, vinegar, olive or nut oil (walnut and hazelnut are especially good), hummus, garlic-tahini dressing, pesto, hot sauce, soy sauce. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 After lunch, wander down to Kalei Coffee Co. to chill in their shaded courtyard with a big slice of chocolate-and-halvah pie, the local sweet made from tahini. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 He’s more of a lamb patties with green tahini kind of guy, seasoned with the herbs right outside the front door. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tahini.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tahini

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tahini

Arabic dialect ṭaḥīna, from ṭaḥana to grind

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tahini

Dictionary Entries near tahini

taha

Tahanun

taharah

tahini

Tahiti

Tahitian

Tahiti orange

Statistics for tahini

Last Updated

14 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tahini

The first known use of tahini was in 1950

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on tahini

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with tahini

Britannica English: Translation of tahini for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about tahini

Comments on tahini

What made you want to look up tahini? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move or proceed with twists and turns

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!