or ka·bob

  1. Usually kebabs. small pieces of meat or seafood seasoned or marinated and broiled, often with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, or other vegetables, usually on a skewer.
  2. (in Indian English use) roast meat.
Also ke·bob, ka·bab, ca·bob.

Origin of kebab

1665–75; < Arabic, Hindi kabāb < Turkish kebap roast meat. See shish kebab Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cabob

Historical Examples of cabob

  • Cabob, ka-bob′, n. an Oriental dish of pieces of meat roasted with herbs: roast meat generally in India.

  • Duckling; cabob curry of chicken-liver with Bombay ducks—really, Mr. Beck, this dinner is worth a dukedom.

  • She managed better with old Mr. Cabob, who had certainly received many of Mrs. Carbuncle's smiles, and who was very rich.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

  • Mr. Cabob, who probably knew that he must pay well for his smiles, never said anything about it.

    The Eustace Diamonds

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for cabob


  1. a variant of kebab


  1. a dish consisting of small pieces of meat, tomatoes, onions, etc, threaded onto skewers and grilled, generally over charcoalAlso called: shish kebab, kabob, cabob

Word Origin for kebab

C17: via Urdu from Arabic kabāb roast meat
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Word Origin and History for cabob



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

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