or pi·law

[pi-lahf, pee-lahf, pi-law, -lou, pee-law, -lou]


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Examples from the Web for pilau

Historical Examples of pilau

  • Edward, produce your best wines—the pilau and currie, and all that, leave to me.

  • At Pilau, they roasted the women and children in a heated oven.

  • Often a variety of food is partaken, Persian pilau being a favourite.

    Bahaism and Its Claims

    Samuel Graham Wilson

  • Ivan and his companions had not been long seated, when a smoking dish of pilau and other Turkish dainties were placed before them.

    The Circassian Chief

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • No. 14—Corn chowder, peas and tomato soup, pilau, milk and water.

    The Laurel Health Cookery

    Evora Bucknum Perkins

British Dictionary definitions for pilau


pilaf, pilaff (ˈpɪlæf), pilao (pɪˈlaʊ), pilaw (pɪˈlɔː) or pulao (pʊˈlaʊ)


a dish originating from the East, consisting of rice flavoured with spices and cooked in stock, to which meat, poultry, or fish may be added

Word Origin for pilau

C17: from Turkish pilāw, from Persian
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