Banh mi an English word now

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Bánh mì, the Vietnamese sandwich, is now officially among the tasty new treats available in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), according to the dictionary's latest update made on March 24.

The UK dictionary publishers explained that the food, among 1,900 other new entries and new words, was ubiquitous enough in everyday conversation to add to the canon of 600,000 already existing English words.

"As the culinary appetites of the English-speaking world grow ever more diverse, loan words referring to new cuisines are a perennial source of new OED entries," said a statement on the dictionary's official website.

It defines bánh mì as "a Vietnamese snack consisting of a baguette (traditionally baked with both rice and wheat flour) filled with a variety of ingredients, typically including meat, pickled vegetables, and chili."

In Vietnamese, bánh mì means bread.

Another famous Vietnamese dish long found in the Oxford English Dictionary is phở, which is defined as a type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added.

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