Definition of falafel in English:


Line breaks: fala|fel
Pronunciation: /fəˈlaf(ə)l
, -ˈlɑː-/
(also felafel)


[mass noun]
A Middle Eastern dish of spiced mashed chickpeas or other pulses formed into balls or fritters and deep-fried, usually eaten with or in pitta bread.
More 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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