chow mein

[ chou meyn ]
/ ˌtʃaʊ ˈmeɪn /


a Chinese-style dish of steamed or stir-fried vegetables, topped with shredded chicken, shrimp, etc., and served with fried noodles.

Origin of chow mein

1900–05, Americanism; < Chinese chǎo fry + miàn noodles, or < cognate dial. forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chow mein

chow mein

/ (meɪn) /


a Chinese-American dish, consisting of mushrooms, meat, shrimps, etc, served with fried noodles

Word Origin for chow mein

from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ao mien fried noodles
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Word Origin and History for chow mein

chow mein


1903, American English, from Chinese ch'ao mien "fried flour."

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