pastrami

Alternative Spellings

pastrome, pastrame, pstromi

Definitions

  • Smoked, seasoned deli meat

Example Sentences

  • "I'll have pastrami on rye, mustard, no mayo."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, Rumanian, Turkish

Etymology

Yiddish פּאַסטראַמע pastrame; Rumanian and Turkish pastirma

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

The word was introduced into American English by Yiddish-speaking Jews from Rumania in late-19th-century New York, based on Yiddish "pastrame / pstrome" (which is borrowed from Rumanian, originally from Turkish) and influenced in pronunciation by another deli meat, "salami" (Italian-origin). It has become so common in America that it is no longer considered a Jewish word.

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