or ka·bob

[ kuh-bob ]
/ kəˈbɒb /


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.
(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. 2019

Examples from the Web for kabob

  • The kabob now made its appearance, wrapped up in thin cakes of fine wheaten flower.

    The Pacha of Many Tales|Frederick Marryat
  • After a long time we chaffed him about the Sumana, and offered him a kabob for his thoughts.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite|Edward O. Mousley

British Dictionary definitions for kabob (1 of 2)


/ (kəˈbɒb) /


another name for kebab

British Dictionary definitions for kabob (2 of 2)


/ (kəˈbæb) /


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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