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

  • n. Meat that has been slaughtered in the manner prescribed by the shari'a.
  • adj. Of or being meat slaughtered in the prescribed way: a halal butcher; a halal label.
  • adj. In accordance with or permitted under the shari'a.

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  • adj. fit to eat according to Muslim religious practice.

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

  • n. (Islam) meat from animals that have been slaughtered in the prescribed way according to the shariah
  • adj. proper or legitimate
  • adj. conforming to dietary laws


Arabic ḥalāl, legally permissible, from ḥalla, to undo, free, be permissible; see ḥll in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic حلال (ẖalāl). (Wiktionary)


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