Definition of parmo in US English:

parmo

noun

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’
    • ‘Not the most elegant of meals, the Teesside parmo is the ultimate drunk food.’
    • ‘Our top-selling meal is parmos served with home-made chips.’
    • ‘Should we make more of the Teesside culinary classic the parmo?’
    • ‘Reeves, the Council's events manager, added: "The parmo has become an iconic part of Teesside cuisine."’
    • ‘Firefighters were this evening battling a blaze at an award-winning parmo takeaway in central Middlesbrough.’
    • ‘A Turkish bar owner has revealed why he's put the Teesside parmo on his menu.’
    • ‘And Teesside was top of the agenda as the soap star turned foodie tried his hand at creating the famous parmo.’
    • ‘The world record for the biggest parmo was broken last year by Al Forno restaurant, in Middlesbrough.’
    • ‘The player later commented how he wouldn't be making a habit of eating parmos due to his role as a professional sportsman.’
    • ‘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!’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

parmo

/ˈpärmō//ˈpɑrmoʊ/