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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1951 as a traveler's word, not common or domestic in English until 1970s; from Arabic falafil, said to mean "crunchy."


n. 1 (context uncountable English) A Middle Eastern food in the form of balls made from chickpeas and other ingredients. Often served in a pita. 2 (context countable English) A pita with falafel balls inside. 3 (context countable English) A single falafel ball.


n. small croquette of mashed chick peas or fava beans seasoned with sesame seeds [syn: felafel]


Falafel (; , , dialectal: ) is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon; "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 tray (assortment of appetizers).

Falafel is a common dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The fritters are now found around the world as a replacement for meat and as a form of street food.

Falafel (film)

Falafel is a 2006 Lebanese film written and directed by Michel Kammoun. It world premiered on September 16, 2006 at the Ayam Beirut Festival.
Falafel is Kammoun's first feature film.

Usage examples of "falafel".

He rounded up a separate team to interview each of the half dozen pushcart vendors here, some selling coffee and doughnuts at the moment, others setting up for lunches of hot dogs, pretzels, gyros and falafel pita-bread sandwiches.

She passed a falafel stand, trailed by a trio of little boys begging for coins.

Her whole being anticipated the heavenly crunch of the falafel balls nestled in among fresh cucumber and tomatoes and yogurt sauce.

Bureau cop and froze as the man paused in the act of shoveling a ball of falafel into his mouth and met his eyes.

Rectitude agent was grazing peacefully on his falafel, his eyes no longer on Hamid-Jones.

Scotch eggs, heaping platters of moussaka and falafel, trays piled high with tarts and confections, silver pitchers of tea, sherbets.

She followed Portobello to its northernmost point, past a few sad-looking stands selling what looked to her like stuff that even the least choosy of bag ladies would be embarrassed to possess, past a vegetarian restaurant with a queue outside, past record shops with Rasta colors in the windows, past a falafel restaurant, under a bridge, and past a bustling market square filled with yet more painfully trendy people.

I doubt that they would be satisfied with tofu or falafel burgers, either.

He was hungry, bought a falafel at a little stand on Lexington, and ate as he walked toward Third Avenue.

They threaded their way around tables to the aisle between the falafel stand and the gift shop.

These were replaced by, in rapidly accelerating order, wedges of fudge cake, linzer torte, falafel, three steaming bowls of chop suey, blacktop sundaes, and a dismembered, smoked turkey.

On Western, that meant kebabs and falafel and charcoal fumes that leaked to the sidewalk.

With an exasperated shrug, she answered it, and Yoram Sarak came in, carrying two falafels in paper napkins.