Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Indian dish containing meat, fish, or vegetables and rice flavored with saffron or turmeric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dish of spiced rice with meat and/or vegetables.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Indian dish made with highly seasoned rice and meat or fish or vegetables

Etymologies

Hindi or Urdu biryānī, from Persian beryā, roasted, grilled, from berīdan, berī-, to roast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Persian بریانی (beryâni) (Wiktionary)

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