Definition of tamale in English:

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Pronunciation: /təˈmɑːleɪ/
Pronunciation: /təˈmɑːli/


A Mexican dish of seasoned meat and maize flour steamed or baked in maize husks.
Example sentences
  • Tacos, quesadillas, tamales, nachos and other side dishes are available for under four bucks.
  • A small brick building located in the heart of the neighborhood, the market specializes in tortillas, tamales, chorizo, candy, and other Mexican foods.
  • We then shared an assortment of three first courses - fried gizzards (who could resist), the chef's coleslaw with pineapple and hot chicken tamales.


From Mexican Spanish tamal, plural tamales, from Nahuatl tamalli.

Words that rhyme with tamale

Bali, barley, Cali, Carly, Charlie, Dali, Diwali, finale, gnarly, Gurkhali, Kali, Kigali, Mali, Marley, marly, Pali, parley, snarly, Somali, Svengali

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