mous·​sa·​ka mü-ˈsä-kə How to pronounce moussaka (audio) ˌmü-sä-ˈkä How to pronounce moussaka (audio)
variants or less commonly mousaka
: a Middle Eastern dish of ground meat (such as lamb or beef) and sliced eggplant often topped with a seasoned sauce

Examples of moussaka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The club offers Mediterranean eats, including Mezze plates, labneh, moussaka, kabobs, and more. Samantha Leal, Travel + Leisure, 9 May 2024 There’s also a spinach pie salad, with filo, spinach feta and lemon tahini, and the classic moussaka. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 United Airlines is dreaming of moussaka and ouzo as the airline prepares to launch a new seasonal flight from Chicago to Athens this spring. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 The menu has all the classics — Greek fries, moussaka, souvlaki, gyros, and more. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 10 Dec. 2023 There’s even a sale on favorites like moussaka and baklava. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2023 In celebration of the film, the chefs use moussaka, bacon, Go-GURT and the Magic Bullet blender to create elevated dishes for the star of the film, actress Nia Vardalos. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2023 Douskos is still operating and still in the family, feeding generations of Greeks and travelers heaping servings of moussaka and fish soup. Hazlitt, 15 Mar. 2023 Egyptian moussaka foregoes both the béchamel of the Greek version and the usual ground beef, so all attention is given to the eggplant, roasted in tomato sauce until the flesh goes lush. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020

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Word History


Modern Greek mousakas, from Turkish musakka, from dialect Arabic (Egypt) musaggaʽa, literally, chilled

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moussaka was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Moussaka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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mous·​sa·​ka ˌmü-sə-ˈkä How to pronounce moussaka (audio)
: a Middle Eastern dish of ground meat (as lamb or beef) and sliced eggplant often topped with a seasoned sauce

from modern Greek mousakas "moussaka"

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