Definitions for falafelfəˈlɑ fəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fa•la•felfəˈlɑ fəl(n.)

or fe•la•fel

  1. a small deep-fried croquette of ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices.

    Category: Cooking

  2. a sandwich of pita bread filled with these croquettes.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of falafel:

1950–55; < Ar falāfil

Princeton's WordNet

  1. falafel, felafel(noun)

    small croquette of mashed chick peas or fava beans seasoned with sesame seeds


  1. falafel(Noun)

    A Middle Eastern food in the form of balls made from chickpeas and other ingredients. Often served in a pita.

    There's a stall at the market that sells fantastic falafel.

  2. falafel(Noun)

    A pita with falafel balls inside.

  3. falafel(Noun)

    A single falafel ball.

    The stallholder puts salad into an open pitta bread, followed by the four falafels and then liberally covers them with hummus.

  4. Origin: the plural of .


  1. Falafel

    Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Arab food, usually served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa; "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze. Generally accepted to have first been made in Egypt, falafel has become a dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The Copts of Egypt claim to have first made the dish as a replacement for meat during Lent. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.


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