[ puh-strah-mee ]
/ pəˈstrɑ mi /
a brisket of beef that has been cured in a mixture of garlic, peppercorns, sugar, coriander seeds, etc., then smoked before cooking.
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Origin of pastrami
1935–40; < Yiddish pastrame < Romanian pastramă pressed, cured meat; a Balkanism of uncertain origin (compare Modern Greek pastramâs, Serbo-Croatian pȁstrma), perhaps ultimately < Turkish pastιrma, taken as variant of bastιrma, equivalent to bastιr-, causative stem of bas- press, squeeze + -ma verbal noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for pastrami
It was conducted around a platter of pastrami sandwiches cut into quarters.
But if you like pastrami—or, in my case, turkey pastrami—this is your spot.
British Dictionary definitions for pastrami
/ (pəˈstrɑːmɪ) /
highly seasoned smoked beef, esp prepared from a shoulder cut
Word Origin for pastrami
from Yiddish, from Romanian pastramǎ, from pǎstra to preserve
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