or hom·mos

[hoo m-uh s]


Middle Eastern Cookery. a paste or dip made of chickpeas mashed with oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini and usually eaten with pita.

Origin of hummus

From the dialectal Arabic word ḥummuṣ, ḥəmmoṣ chickpeas Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hummus

Contemporary Examples of hummus

Historical Examples of hummus

  • So she went to her earthen jar and took a big double handful of hummus and put them into the priest's pocket, and said no more.

    The Women of the Arabs

    Henry Harris Jessup

British Dictionary definitions for hummus


hoummos or houmous


a creamy dip originating in the Middle East, made from puréed chickpeas, tahina, etc

Word Origin for hummus

from Turkish humus


Avoid confusion with humus
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Word Origin and History for hummus

1955, from Turkish humus "mashed chick peas."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper