plural mezes also meze
: an appetizer in Greek or Middle Eastern cuisine often served with an aperitif

Examples of meze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Volcanic Slopes Vineyards The next stop on this wine excursion brings guests to the Volcanic Slopes Vineyards where the manager hosts a tour of the underground cellar, and a tasting, complete with a catered meze lunch. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Variations of watermelon salads are often served as a meze across the Mediterranean (in Egyptian, Greek, and Palestinian recipes alike). Alma Avalle, Bon Appétit, 31 Oct. 2023 While the Greek name of this delightful meze is confusing to Anglophones, the English translation is yellow split peas, which is kind of drab. Luke Pyenson, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 Start off with a few hot or cold mezes like the makdous ($9), which is tiny eggplants stuffed with walnuts, red pepper, garlic, salt and olive oil. Nikki O'Neill, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 If there’s time, some take an early lunch of traditional kebabs, stews, mezes, and soups at the top-floor restaurant of the nearby Konak Mazlum Hotel. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 18 July 2023 Circassian chickenConnie Miller/of CB Creatives Circassian Chicken (Çerkez Tavugu) Makes 6 servings Circassian chicken, çerkez tavugu in Turkish, is a popular meze dish and an elevated form of chicken salad. Christopher Kimball,, 20 June 2023 Clay pottery has been produced in Greece since the early Neolithic period, about 6000 B.C. The typical Rhodian diet consists of fresh Aegean seafood and various small plates, including a meze selection of vegetables and legumes. Nick Kontis, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2023 The incredible views and ambiance are the key attraction, though the restaurant itself specializes in classic Egyptian fare such as meze and mixed grill platters of kofta, kebabs, and tagines. Jake Emen, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Modern Greek & Turkish; Modern Greek mezes, from Turkish meze, from Persian maze taste, snack

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meze was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Meze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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