Slices of pastrami.
Origin of pastramieastern; English Yiddish pastrame ; from Polish bastramy, dried meat, ultimately ; from Turkish basdyrma
Origin of pastramiYiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastramă, from Ottoman Turkish ba&slowdot;dirma, salted and seasoned air-dried beef, equivalent to Modern Turkish pastırma, bastırma, from verbal noun of bastırmak, to press down, hold down, causative of basmak, to weigh upon, press (in reference to the pressing of the meat while curing it ), from Old Turkic basmaq.
From Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastrama. That word is probably from Turkish pastırma, a variation of bastırma, "dried meat", from root *bas-, to press; the other possible origin of the Romanian word is the Greek παστώνω (pastono, "I salt"), from Ancient Greek παστός (pastos) (pastos, "sprinkled with salt", "salted"). The English spelling ending in -mi is probably from the influence of salami.