variants or less commonly nan
: a round flat leavened bread especially of the Indian subcontinent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The naan stuffing tasted like a chana masala and a fruitcake that had gotten into a bar fight. Cade Metz, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2022 Those less into sogginess can just use the naan to scoop up the meat and the sauce. Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2022 The chicken pieces are simmered in a medley of roasted spices and coconut, and it is traditionally served with steamed rice or the thin South Indian pancakes called dosa, fried chapati or naan. Terry Ward, CNN, 27 Oct. 2022 Pair with rice, naan bread, and mango lassis to complete the Indian feast. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2022 This quick and easy lunch idea layers spinach, yogurt sauce, turkey, cucumber, and red onion on top of naan. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Sep. 2022 The blended dishes are the best ones at Thaily’s, like a special of lemongrass beef that Ms. Kambar cooks in an air fryer and wraps in garlic naan. New York Times, 19 Sep. 2022 The New York Times was especially impressed with lemongrass beef, cooked in an air fryer and wrapped in garlic naan. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 Sartori grated Asiago and Parmesan, naan, and pretzel rolls. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu & Persian; Hindi & Urdu nān bread, from Persian

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of naan was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

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

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