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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fuh-lah-fuh l]
    • /fəˈlɑ fəl/
    • /fəˈlæf.əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fuh-lah-fuh l]
    • /fəˈlɑ fəl/

Definitions of falafel word

  • noun falafel a small croquette made with ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices, often served with salad and tahini in pita bread. 1
  • noun falafel 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. 1
  • noun falafel a ball or cake of ground spiced chickpeas, deep-fried and often served with pitta bread 0
  • noun falafel a small croquette or patty of ground chickpeas and other vegetables, seasoned with spices and deep-fried in oil 0
  • noun falafel a sandwich made by stuffing this into the pocket of a pita 0

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Origin of falafel

First appearance:

before 1950
One of the 5% newest English words
1950-55; < Levantine Arabic falāfil, plural of filfil “pepper”; possibly from Persian pilpil, from Sanskrit pippalī “long pepper,” or from Aramaic pilpāl “small round object, peppercorn”

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Parts of speech for Falafel


falafel popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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