Definition of halal in US English:



  • 1Denoting or relating to meat prepared as prescribed by Muslim law.

    ‘halal butchers’
    • ‘There are special requirements for the meat to be halal.’
    • ‘And now the firm is looking to tender out contracts for ingredients such as halal meat, bread, fresh milk, eggs, cheese and yoghurt.’
    • ‘You pass crowded markets with halal meat shops and women in burkhas and Sikh grandmothers headed to the gurudwara and Hindu mothers pushing their children in strollers.’
    • ‘In response to the growing demand for halal meats, many enterprising Arab American grocers have in recent years set up halal meat markets.’
    • ‘The proposed authority will conduct medical and scientific studies and provide information to highlight the health and nutritional aspects of consuming halal meat.’
    • ‘The State Cricket Association has made arrangements to provide halal meat for the visitors.’
    • ‘They cohered around the mosque, the central symbol of discipline in their lives, and around the small shops that sold the spices, the lentils, the halal meat that made these towns feel like home.’
    • ‘To cater for the school's high Muslim population, all its meat is halal and sourced by ECS in Bradford; fruit and vegetables come from a little further afield, from Rochdale.’
    • ‘As well as selling local produce and creating their own sausages and hams on site, their range will include halal meats for Muslims in the York area.’
    • ‘A group of West Australian producers has formed a joint venture with Malaysia, to supply the world with halal meat products.’
    • ‘In the front is a dep/grocery, where you can buy halal meats, dates from Tunisia, various spices, couscous and olives.’
    • ‘And when you want meat, you can just go straight to your local halal meat store.’
    • ‘The animal's feed also plays an important role in halal meat.’
    • ‘We employ a team of Muslim chefs to produce centrally all of our halal meat dishes.’
    • ‘The Muslim woman from Algeria eats halal meat, the Zambian woman has never tasted shrimp - and the British man prefers shepherd's pie.’
    • ‘The Grill offers hamburgers, as well as chicken, and is one of the only places in the plaza that serves halal meat.’
    • ‘I am working here in a restaurant where halal food is served and is headed by a Muslim owner.’
    • ‘It is, of course, very difficult to kill your own sheep en ville, and most Muslims purchase halal meat from slaughterhouses.’
    • ‘The concept of halal meat remains hard enough for Muslims to define, but almost impossible for others to comprehend.’
    • ‘You might also be interested to know that they only use halal meat.’
    1. 1.1 Religiously acceptable according to Muslim law.
      ‘halal banking’
      • ‘For a businessman, it is a religious duty to learn Islam's teachings about economics and halal and haram transactions.’
      • ‘Is the lease payment that I am receiving halal or haram?’
      • ‘My income is halal (acceptable under Islam) because I have been working very hard.’
      • ‘He must also look for another halal job with the same intensity as an unemployed person does.’
      • ‘Shellac (insect secretion) is acceptable as a halal ingredient.’


  • Halal meat.

    • ‘Organisers hope to accommodate special dietary requirements such as halal or vegetarian food on request.’
    • ‘Animals killed for Muslim halal and Jewish kosher meat are exempt from the rule that ensures all animals are stunned before being slaughtered.’
    • ‘He eats halal and doesn't drink alcohol.’
    • ‘We will not ban the production of halal or kosher meat.’


Mid 19th century: from Arabic ḥalāl ‘according to religious law’.