Definition of halvah in English:


(also halva)

Pronunciation /ˈhälvä/ /ˈhɑlvɑ/


  • A Middle Eastern confection made of sesame flour and honey.

    ‘The results run from simple brittle and toffee type sweets through halva, barfi, and sandesh, to the family of confections based on rasgullas.’
    • ‘A favorite Palestinian candy is halvah, a sweet nougat made of sesame seeds and honey.’
    • ‘Finally, ‘sweetmeats’ like halva and burfi can often round off a festive meal.’
    • ‘For dessert, there were several traditional Iranian sweets, such as sholehzard (rice and saffron pudding) and halva.’
    • ‘The big draw for me, though, is the cooler along the south wall, which is jammed with Greek olives, cheese, anchovies, halvah and other specialties, including hummus, tarama and Balkan-style yogurt.’


Yiddish, or from Turkish helva, from Arabic and Persian ḥalwā ‘sweetmeat’.