Definitions

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

  • n. A small fried turnover of Indian origin that is filled with seasoned vegetables or meat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a snack, of Indian origin, consisting of a deep-fried triangular turnover filled with vegetables (especially potatoes) or meat

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

  • n. small turnover of Indian origin filled with vegetables or meat and fried and served hot

Etymologies

Hindi samosā, from Persian samosa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi समोसा samosā, which is from Persian سمبوسه (sambose). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'll try the saunf trick but I don't like any spices in samosa covers.

    The Imperfect Punjabi Samosa

  • Just to give a few examples from the four corners of India ... in Punjab (North), the hugely-popular samosa is traditionally accompanied by two chutneys: the sweet tamarind-date chutney and the spicy mint-cilantro chutney.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • There are appetizers such as the samosa, which is a traditional pastry puff filled with either vegetable, chicken or a combination of both.

    Daily Campus

  • Jais (UP), Mar 28: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi stopped at Amethi roadside joint to relish a 'samosa' on Saturday.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • manggy - your vocab is pretty better than many non-indians: and yes, the crust here is similar to a "samosa", but the filling is diff...

    Moong Dal Kachori (Stuffed Lentil Baskets)

  • The list is quite something but to name a few, chats, samosa and ice creams.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • My curry journey started with vegetable korma, moving on to the reckless spiced heights of, erm, mild vegetable curry, perhaps with a samosa if I was feeling "really crazy" OK, fine, you guessed it, I'm a heat-wimp.

    Lucian Freud treasured the pleasures of the flesh | Barbara Ellen

  • As the journalist Tunku Varadarjan wrote, "a poorly assembled lunch can ruin a day at the Test match", and the history of cricketing packed lunches is keenly cherished ideally cricket food comes in small shareable parts: the oozing sandwich slow-cooked in its tinfoil, the flaking samosa, the impossible joy of crisps.

    Sozzled - how English cricket got lost in drink | Barney Ronay

  • On the menu: a sweet-potato samosa, a roasted beet and fennel bisque scented with dill, and Asian-inspired preserved lemon curry and gluten-free tempura tofu.

    DC Meat-Free Week kicks off Monday

  • And if you're hell-bent on encroaching my samosa territory, might I suggest you try the potato ones?

    Sarah Khan: Ramadan Rumblings

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