Definition of halva in English:

halva

(also halvah)

noun

mass noun
  • A Middle Eastern sweet made of sesame flour and honey.

    • ‘A favorite Palestinian candy is halvah, a sweet nougat made of sesame seeds and honey.’
    • ‘The results run from simple brittle and toffee type sweets through halva, barfi, and sandesh, to the family of confections based on rasgullas.’
    • ‘Finally, ‘sweetmeats’ like halva and burfi can often round off a festive meal.’
    • ‘The big draw for me, though, is the cooler along the south wall, which is jammed with Greek olives, cheese, anchovies, halvah and other specialties, including hummus, tarama and Balkan-style yogurt.’
    • ‘For dessert, there were several traditional Iranian sweets, such as sholehzard (rice and saffron pudding) and halva.’

Origin

Yiddish, or from Turkish helva, from Arabic and Persian ḥalwā ‘sweetmeat’.

Pronunciation

halva

/ˈhalvɑː//ˈhalvə/