- 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
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"pieces of meat roasted on a skewer," 1813 (cf. shish kebab).
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