Definition of kibbeh in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɪbi//ˈkɪbə/


mass noun
  • (in Middle Eastern cooking) a mixture of minced meat, bulgar or rice, and seasonings, typically served in the form of croquettes stuffed with a filling.

    • ‘With the oven-baked vegetable kibbeh, apple slices provide crisp counterpoint to the grainy bulghur wheat.’
    • ‘Many Middle Eastern dishes such as kibbeh are based on the idea of using stuffing.’
    • ‘With other Middle Eastern specialties like kibbeh, kofta, and hummus with ground sirloin on offer, the restaurant seems a good bet for further adventures in exotic cuisine.’
    • ‘The Lebanese national dish is kibbeh, made of either lamb or beef and cracked wheat (bulghur, or birghol).’
    • ‘This is the grain most often used in tabbouleh and kibbeh, two popular Middle Eastern dishes.’


From Egyptian Arabic kubba ‘ball, lump’.