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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
kebab
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
shish kebab
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Don't try to chat up a girl after eating a kebab.
▪ Flatten into a sausage shape and put 2 pieces of meat on to each kebab.
▪ He has rekindled his taste for tabbouleh, shish kebab and pilaf in Fresno.
▪ None of those childish kebab stories you get in so many travel books these days.
▪ Otherwise it's the inevitable kebab - chicken, if possible.
▪ There's also a very amusing incident with a kebab.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
kebab

kebab \kebab\, kebob \kebob\, n. See kabab and kabob.

kebab

Cabob \Ca*bob"\, n. [Hindi kab[=a]b] [Now more commonly spelled kabob.]

  1. A small piece of mutton or other meat roasted on a skewer; -- so called in Turkey and Persia. [Also spelled kebab, kebob, or kabab.]

  2. A leg of mutton roasted, stuffed with white herrings and sweet herbs.
    --Wright.

    shish cabob See shish kebob.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
kebab

"pieces of meat roasted on a skewer," 1813 (compare shish kebab).

Wiktionary
kebab

n. 1 (context British English) A dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted on a skewer or spit. 2 (context US English) A shish kebab or any other food on a skewer. 3 (context slang offensive English) A Muslim, usually of Arab descent. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To roast in the style of a kebab. 2 (context transitive slang English) To stab or skewer.

WordNet
kebab

n. cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables [syn: kabob, shish kebab]

Wikipedia
Kebab

Kebab (also American kabob) is a term in English for several types of food. The word originated in the Middle East and is also common in other languages worldwide, with numerous spellings and variants. It has different definitions in different varieties of English, and in different cultures.

In contemporary American and British English, a kebab is a common dish, consisting of a skewer with small pieces of meat or seafood, together with vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Also known as shish kebab or sometimes shashlik, kebabs are customarily prepared in homes and restaurants, and are usually cooked on a grill or barbeque. The word kebab may also be used as a general term in English to describe any similar-looking skewered food, such as brochette, satay, souvlaki, yakitori, or numerous small chunks of any type of food served on a stick. This is different from its use in the Middle East, where shish (Turkish: şiş) is the word for skewer, while kebab comes from the Persian word for grilling.

In the UK, Ireland, Australia, and some other English-speaking countries outside of North America, the word kebab is also used generally to mean döner kebab, or the related shawarma or gyros, or sandwiches made with them, available from kebab shops as fast food and take-away meals. Many layers of meat are stacked onto a large vertical rotating spit; the outer surface is gradually cooked and sliced off, and typically served as a sandwich in pita or flatbread with salad and sauces. In Germany, the highly popular sandwich, introduced by Turkish immigrants, is called a döner, though Arab shops serve shawarma. In other countries in Europe and worldwide, the name used depends on the dish and on local customs.

In Indian English and in the languages and cuisine of the Middle East and the Muslim world, kebab is a broad term covering a wide variety of grilled meat dishes in addition to the shish kebab and döner kebab familiar in the West. Although often cooked on a skewer, many types of kebab are not. Kebab dishes can consist of cut up or ground meat or seafood, sometimes with vegetables; cooked on a skewer over a fire, or like a hamburger on a grill, baked in a pan in an oven, or as a stew; and served with various accompaniments according to each recipe.

The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats may include beef, goat, chicken, fish, or, more rarely, pork.

Kebab (disambiguation)

Kebab may refer to:

  • Kebab, a range of dishes with pieces of roasted or grilled meat
  • Shish kebab, a dish with small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer
  • Doner kebab, a dish made of meat cooked on a vertical spit, often as a sandwich
  • Kebab shop, a quick service food outlet specializing in kebabs
  • Jason "Human Kebab" Parsons, Alternative musician, DJ, producer
  • Kebab Connection, a 2004 German-Turkish film
  • Terrorism and Kebab, a 1992 Egyptian comedy film.

Usage examples of "kebab".

Turkish coffee and smoking the chicha, then past the gargotes, where the aroma of kebabs and kefta wafted into the street.

They feasted on thick steaks cut from the long back strips of the eland, and kebabs of kidney, liver and fat grilled over the coals.

On a work surface in the tiny kitchenette, Suttle found a half-eaten kebab and chips in a nest of stained newsprint.

Locals came here to enjoy simple meals of basmati rice, kebabs or curried lamb.

Frank, striving desperately for something to say, ordered shashlik, kebabs, and Turkish delight.

They both had shashlik, chunks of seasoned lamb grilled on a skewer, like Turkish shish kebab.

Midway through the evening Yasmeena thought she would fall down in the middle of the room and send her tray, laden with chicken biriani and mutton vindaloo and boti kebabs and schooners of lager, spewing across the floor.

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

They served great shish kebab, fragrant hunks of flamebroiled marinated lamb, which went even better with a dish of rice and pignolias on the side.

They served great shish kebab, fragrant hunks of flame-broiled marinated lamb, which went even better with a dish of rice and pignolias on the side.

I bought an evening paper and a few take-out kebabs to relish alongside my coffee and toast.

Tom insisted they must be true to their calling and insisted on marinating kebabs when others would have been content with burned sausages.

Every now and again the man gets up from the table and walks to the coal fire where two kebabs cook on the flames.

They were Bruneian Chinese, toting wicker baskets stuffed with garden-fresh produce, and little lacquered lunchboxes with satay shish kebabs and hot shrimp paste.

  It was then that the process really began that would lead to such dishes as lorne sausage shami kebab, rabbit masala, fruit pudding chaat, skink aloo, porridge tarka, shell pie aloo gobi, kipper bhoona, chips pea pulao, whelk poori and marmalade kulfi, and I think the world is a better place for all of them.