ta·​ma·​le | \ tə-ˈmä-lē How to pronounce tamale (audio) \

Definition of tamale

: cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped usually in corn husks, and steamed

Examples of tamale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or were the young male cooks too dismissive of a woman who had spent years traveling the many regions of Mexico and knew that there was more than one way to make a tamale? Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2022 The menu options are limited: prison tamale, prison nachos and chow hall hotdogs, available with options for extra meat, beans and cheese. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 These menu items include the chili con carne, the enchiladas de Tejas and the generous Mexico City dinner plate, which includes a beef taco, a cheese enchilada, a bean tostada, a chili tamale, guacamole, chili con queso, rice and beans. Emma Balter, Chron, 23 June 2022 Wrap the tinfoil completely around the chips in a packet like a tamale. Joe Difazio, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 The original location was a small room adjacent to the tamale and tortilla factory, a few blocks west of the current locale near the corner of Berry Road and Irvington Boulevard. Marco Torres, Chron, 9 June 2022 Take in the view over the lobster bisque, fried gnocchi, lobster corn tamale, or octopus salad. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2022 Through a sponsorship, he was recently given one of the tamale carts designed by Richard Gomez of Revolution Carts, which comes pre-licensed by the city for street vending. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The Mexican food, not so much, though there is a San Diego couple who have a homemade tamale and Mexican import business. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tamale

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamale

Mexican Spanish tamales, plural of tamal tamale, from Nahuatl tamalli steamed cornmeal dough

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5 Aug 2022

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“Tamale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamale. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tamale


ta·​ma·​le | \ tə-ˈmä-lē How to pronounce tamale (audio) \

Kids Definition of tamale

: seasoned ground meat rolled in cornmeal, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed

Tamale geographical name

Ta·​ma·​le | \ tä-ˈmä-lā How to pronounce Tamale (audio) \

Definition of Tamale

town in northern Ghana population 371,351

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