Definition of doner kebab in English:

doner kebab

Pronunciation /ˈdɒnə//ˈdəʊnə/


  • A Turkish dish consisting of spiced lamb cooked on a spit and served in slices, typically with pitta bread.

    • ‘People everywhere in the city walk around munching on shawarma, a species of doner kebab: chicken or lamb sliced off a hot rotating cone, wrapped in either pitta or flat Georgia lavash and dipped in spicy yoghurt.’
    • ‘There is doner kebab, there is shish kebab, there is kofte kebab.’
    • ‘These stalls sell the Gulf version of doner kebab; vertical spit-roasted lamb pieces are sliced and served in some form of flatbread such as mafrooda or hollowed-out roll with tomato, parsley, and tahini dressing.’
    • ‘I looked for an idea, and spotted the concept of the doner kebab.’
    • ‘The doner kebab was served with fresh yogurt, ketchup and butter.’
    • ‘Of course, if there's one Turkish dish that most people are familiar with, it's probably doner kebabs, and these were available, using moist, full-flavored lamb.’
    • ‘It wasn't always thus: once upon a time, I ate undercooked doner kebabs and washed them down with axle-grease instant coffee like the rest of you.’
    • ‘We had a good evening, got a taxi back, and bought doner kebabs the size of small lifeboats.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, only a quarter had heard of the delicacy lamb's fry, while 14 per cent deemed doner kebabs a traditional regional food.’
    • ‘Next comes a heavy scattering of tandoori chicken pieces, followed by hulking handfuls of greasy doner kebab meat and great globs of onions marinated in a mysterious radioactive-red sauce.’
    • ‘Having learnt my lesson the hard way, and passed on the doner kebabs, we retired back to Argentina to eat another steak.’
    • ‘You can still pick up a tasty doner kebab or chicken tikka kebab to go - and for a very reasonable price too.’
    • ‘To wit: crusty shards of doner kebab (spit-roasted lamb-and-beef that is the Turkish version of gyros) are piled on toasted bread croutons and sauced with tomato and wildly tart, runny yogurt.’


From Turkish döner kebap, from döner ‘rotating’ and kebap ‘roast meat’.


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