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  1. (of an animal or its meat) slaughtered or prepared in the manner prescribed by Islamic law.
  2. of or relating to halal meat: a halal butcher.
  1. a halal animal or halal meat.

Origin of halal

First recorded in 1850–55, halal is from the Arabic word halāl lawful
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  • “There was but little between them,” Xa a halal qui cohol ahauh; this expression is not clear.

  • We spent a couple of distracting minutes going through the menu from the halal Pakistani place on Valencia.

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British Dictionary definitions for halal



  1. meat from animals that have been killed according to Muslim law
  1. of or relating to such meata halal butcher
verb -als, -alling or -alled (tr)
  1. to kill (animals) in this way

Word Origin

from Arabic: lawful
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Word Origin and History for halal


1855, Arabic, literally "lawful." Halal food has been prepared in a manner prescribed by Islamic law.

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