Definition of halva in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhalvə
, -vɑː/
(also halvah)


[mass noun]
  • A Middle Eastern sweet made of sesame flour and honey.
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    • The results run from simple brittle and toffee type sweets through halva, barfi, and sandesh, to the family of confections based on rasgullas.
    • A favorite Palestinian candy is halvah, a sweet nougat made of sesame seeds and honey.
    • Finally, ‘sweetmeats’ like halva and burfi can often round off a festive meal.


Yiddish, or from Turkish helva, from Arabic and Persian ḥalwā 'sweetmeat'.

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