Definition of parmo in US English:



Northern English
  • (especially on Teesside) a dish consisting of deep-fried breaded chicken, pork, or other meat covered with béchamel sauce and cheese and then grilled, typically sold as takeaway food.

    ‘an award-winning takeaway popular for its parmos’
    ‘he visited the Conyers School in Yarm and sampled a local delicacy—the chicken parmo’
    mass noun ‘you can help yourselves to servings of parmo’
    • ‘Reeves, the Council's events manager, added: "The parmo has become an iconic part of Teesside cuisine."’
    • ‘Should we make more of the Teesside culinary classic the parmo?’
    • ‘The world record for the biggest parmo was broken last year by Al Forno restaurant, in Middlesbrough.’
    • ‘And Teesside was top of the agenda as the soap star turned foodie tried his hand at creating the famous parmo.’
    • ‘A friend had told me about parmos and when we played there I asked on stage if anybody fancied one after the show - the place went mad!’
    • ‘Firefighters were this evening battling a blaze at an award-winning parmo takeaway in central Middlesbrough.’
    • ‘Our top-selling meal is parmos served with home-made chips.’
    • ‘The player later commented how he wouldn't be making a habit of eating parmos due to his role as a professional sportsman.’
    • ‘A Turkish bar owner has revealed why he's put the Teesside parmo on his menu.’
    • ‘Not the most elegant of meals, the Teesside parmo is the ultimate drunk food.’


Early 21st century: from Parmesan, perhaps arising from the names of various dishes that were originally cooked with parmesan cheese (e.g. escalope parmesan, pork parmesan, chicken parmesan) and subsequently adapted to British tastes.