variants or ghi
: a semifluid clarified butter made especially in India

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Melt ghee in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. People Staff, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2023 Employees furiously pack ornate boxes containing laddoos enriched with ghee, spongy rasgula and all manner of colorful sweets, often made with dairy, sugar and nuts and sometimes topped with a layer of edible silver foil. Priya Krishna, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2022 Kintsugi — pronounced kin-SOO-ghee — was the final facet to the presentation. Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2022 Let the pot heat for 2 minutes, then add the ghee or oil, onion and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and saute until the onion begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2022 Rich ghee and sweet jowar (sorghum), nutty bajra (pearl millet) and earthy lentils, all rendered in tantalizing dals and curries. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Oct. 2022 In much of North India milk and milk-products loom larger, in particular ghee. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2011 It is cooked in ghee, whole milk, sugar, cardamom, nutmeg and saffron. Amisha Gurbani, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Dec. 2022 Brush a cutting board and rolling pan with ½ teaspoon ghee. Joan Elovitz Kazan, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu ghī, from Sanskrit ghṛta

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ghee was in 1665

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“Ghee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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