chow mein [chou meyn] Word Origin noun
- a Chinese-style dish of steamed or stir-fried vegetables, topped with shredded chicken, shrimp, etc., and served with fried noodles.
Origin of chow mein 1900–05, Americanism; Chinese chǎo fry + miàn noodles, or British Dictionary definitions for chow meinchow mein noun
- a Chinese-American dish, consisting of mushrooms, meat, shrimps, etc, served with fried noodles
Word Origin for chow mein from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch’ao mien fried noodles Word Origin and History for chow mein n.
1903, American English, from Chinese ch’ao mien “fried flour.”
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