[ pi-lahf, pee-lahf ]
/ pɪˈlɑf, ˈpi lɑf /


a Middle Eastern dish consisting of sautéed, seasoned rice steamed in bouillon, sometimes with poultry, meat or shellfish.
rice cooked in a meat or poultry broth.


Nearby words

  1. pikestaff,
  2. pikesville,
  3. pikey,
  4. piking,
  5. pil.,
  6. pilar,
  7. pilar cyst,
  8. pilar tumor of scalp,
  9. pilaster,
  10. pilaster mass

Also pi·laff, pilau, pilaw.

Origin of pilaf

1925–30; < Turkish pilâv < Persian pilāw

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Word Origin and History for pilaf



oriental dish of rice boiled with meat, 1610s, from Turkish pilav, from Persian pilaw. Spelling influenced by Modern Greek pilafi, from the Turkish word.

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