ka·​la·​ma·​ta ˌkä-lə-ˈmä-tə How to pronounce kalamata (audio)
variants or less commonly calamata
often capitalized
: a brine-cured black olive grown in Greece

Examples of kalamata in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roast it all and then top it with feta cheese, kalamata olives and fresh parsley. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2023 Like the blue seas and white buildings, the kalamata olives, feta cheese, the colorful salads and roast meats are all postcard perfect by default. Zoe Li, CNN, 2 May 2023 Your spread should include a cup of cucumber slices, about four kalamata olives, and about four tablespoons of hummus. K. Aleisha Fetters, Health, 14 Mar. 2023 To make puttanesca: Prepare the sauce as directed, but before adding the tomatoes, add 3/4 cup chopped olives (black oil-cured, kalamata or green). Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 Experiment with different varieties: Greek kalamata and konservolia; Italian konservolia, Ligurian and Gaeta; Spanish arbequina, gordal and manzanilla; Turkish gemlike; Moroccan beldi; and French Niçoise and Nyons. Heather Fulbright, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 Serve the turkey patties and cauliflower rice with Greek yogurt, fresh lemon wedges and kalamata olives. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 12 Jan. 2020 An appetizer that combined green olives and kalamata olives with roasted garlic, citrus zest and a touch of chili oil, was hot, sweet, tangy and irresistible. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 25 Oct. 2019 Their menu also boasts take-and-bake pizzas ($12), as well as apps like bruschetta ($7) and tzatziki with toast points ($7, Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, kalamata olives, feta, toasted sourdough). Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 24 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History


Kalamata, port in Greece

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kalamata was in 1978

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“Kalamata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kalamata. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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