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

  • n. A highly seasoned smoked cut of beef, usually taken from the shoulder.

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  • n. A seasoned smoked cut of beef

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A highly seasoned cut of smoked beef.

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

  • n. highly seasoned cut of smoked beef


Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastramă, from păstra, to preserve, from Vulgar Latin *parsitāre, to spare, save, from parsus, past participle of Latin parcere, to be thrifty with.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastrama. That word is probably from Turkish pastırma, a variation of bastırma, "dried meat", from root *bas-, to press; the other possible origin of the Romanian word is the Greek παστώνω (pastono, "I salt"), from Ancient Greek παστός (pastos, "sprinkled with salt", "salted"). The English spelling ending in -mi is probably from the influence of salami. (Wiktionary)



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