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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.
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  1. a halal animal or halal meat.
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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.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for halal



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