[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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