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falafel Syllabification: fa·la·fel
Pronunciation: /fəˈläfəl/
(also felafel)

Definition of falafel in English:


A Middle Eastern dish of spiced mashed chickpeas or other pulses formed into balls or fritters and deep-fried, usually eaten with or in pita bread.
Example sentences
  • The chickpea croquettes called falafel and the ever-popular chickpea dip, hummus, are both very good.
  • Chickpeas feature in the majority of meze, in either hummus, falafel or salad, and are often spiked with coriander or mint or given a welcome boost from red chilli.
  • Many dine on falafel, sandwiches made with balls of deep-fried hummus, or grilled lamb sandwiches, called shwarma.


From colloquial Egyptian Arabic falāfil, plural of Arabic fulful, filfil 'pepper'.

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