n. Smoked, seasoned deli meat.
"I'll have pastrami on rye, mustard, no mayo."
Languages of Origin
- Rumanian, Turkish
Yiddish פּאַסטראַמע pastrame; Rumanian and Turkish pastirma
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
Who Uses This
pastrome, pastrame, pstromi
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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