me·​ze | \ me-ˈzā How to pronounce meze (audio) , ˈmā-(ˌ)zā How to pronounce meze (audio) \
plural mezes also meze

Definition of 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 Perched right at the edge of the water in the Karakoy district, this is an evocative place to have the Turkish meyhane experience, with small plates of meze dotting the table and rakı (an anise liquor) flowing all night. Katie Nadworny, Travel + Leisure, 16 Aug. 2021 Other meze plates include marinated feta, eggplant labneh, and tahini with harissa. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 13 Aug. 2021 Some local insider tips: Make sure to eat meze and just-caught and grilled fish at Mimoza Restaurant, while watching the sunset. Monica Mendal, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The lounge, where all dinners begin, offers herby drinks, caviar service and meze snacks like foie gras bastilla with golden plums and schmaltz. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2021 Melitzanosalata is traditionally served as part of a meze plate, an assortment of tapas-like appetizers that often includes mixed olives, roasted feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, cherry tomatoes and warm pita. Beth Dooley, Star Tribune, 29 July 2020 Food choices include $5 small bites, spreads (three for $10) and a $20 meze platter. Louisa Chu,, 4 Aug. 2020 Colorful and varied, the meze is set out before dinner and meant to accompany drinks and conversation. Beth Dooley, Star Tribune, 29 July 2020 The chef’s choice of four vegetable meze and dessert is a deal: $45., 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of meze

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meze

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

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24 Aug 2021

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“Meze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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