shawarma (SHWAHR-muh) listen
shawarma (she-WAHR-muh) listen


  • n. Thinly cut meat (usually lamb, but may be chicken, beef, or other meat) cooked on a vertical rotating spit. Often served on a laffa (large pita type bread, but flat like a pizza dough and without a pocket) and with French fries ("chips" in Israel). Sometimes served on pita.

Example Sentences

  • "That shwarma stand has the best shwarma in Yerushalayim!"

Languages of Origin

  • Arabic / Judeo-Arabic
  • Modern Hebrew


  • שווארמה shavarma

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      schwarma, shewarma, shwarma

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