- a small croquette or patty of ground chickpeas and other vegetables, seasoned with spices and deep-fried in oil
- a sandwich made by stuffing this into the pocket of a pita
Origin of falafelArabic fal?fil
- a. A mixture of ground spiced chickpeas or fava beans that is shaped into balls and deep-fried.b. A fried ball made of such a mixture.
- A sandwich filled with such balls.
Origin of falafelLevantine colloquial Arabic falāfil perhaps from pl. of earlier filfal from Aramaic pilpāl small round thing, peppercorn from palpēl to be round, roll
(countable and uncountable, plural falafels)
- (uncountable) A Middle Eastern food in the form of balls made from chickpeas and other ingredients. Often served in a pita.
- There's a stall at the market that sells fantastic falafel.
- (countable) A pita with falafel balls inside.
- (countable) A single falafel ball.
- The stallholder puts salad into an open pitta bread, followed by the four falafels and then liberally covers them with hummus.
From Arabic فلافل (falāfil), the plural of فلفل (filfil, “pepper”), which is preceded by and derived from either: