1. (in Middle Eastern cuisine)
    1. roasted meat, as lamb or beef, cooked on a spit.
    2. a dish consisting of this meat, served wrapped in pita bread with tahini or hummus.
Also shwar·ma [shwawr-muh] /ˈʃwɔr mə/.

Origin of shawarma

1950–55; < Levantine Arabic shāwurma, shāwirma, from Turkish çevirme “turn, rotation, meat roasted on a spit,” from çevirmek “to turn, rotate” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018