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[pi-lahf, pee-lahf] /pɪˈlɑf, ˈpi lɑf/
a Middle Eastern dish consisting of sautéed, seasoned rice steamed in bouillon, sometimes with poultry, meat or shellfish.
rice cooked in a meat or poultry broth.
Also, pilaff, pilau, pilaw.
Origin of pilaf
1925-30; < Turkish pilâv < Persian pilāw Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pilaf
  • You're not going to grow an extra eyeball or develop cancer from eating some pilaf.
  • Combinations are served with oven-roasted vegetables and rice pilaf.
  • Entree selections feature such dishes as chicken, fish or beef kebabs, as well as rice and bulgur pilaf.
  • Healthy sides include green beans, tomato slices, vegetable rice pilaf and cinnamon apples.
  • The larder is rich and familiar, yielding corn and beans for a succotash, wild rice for a pilaf and pecans for pie.
  • Green beans and rice pilaf were observed being served on each plate that was not a pureed texture.
British Dictionary definitions for pilaf


a dish originating from the East, consisting of rice flavoured with spices and cooked in stock, to which meat, poultry, or fish may be added
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish pilāw, from Persian
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Word Origin and History for pilaf

oriental dish of rice boiled with meat, 1610s, from Turkish pilav, from Persian pilaw. Spelling influenced by Modern Greek pilafi, from the Turkish word.

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