shash·​lik shäsh-ˈlik How to pronounce shashlik (audio)
variants or less commonly shaslik
: kebab

Examples of shashlik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was a fin de siècle quality to the atmosphere, curls of smoke emanating from shashlik grills, a warm breeze delivering the lament of a distant violin. Elettra Pauletto, Harper's Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 The chicken shashlik is marinated in amba. Sylvie Bigar, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Many of the world’s great skewered dishes call for a pungent marinade, like lemongrass-laced Thai satay or oniony Russian shashlik. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 23 July 2021 The house sauce garnishing Shahar’s burger ($11/single patty, $14/double patty) would make for a good match for the shashlik — this Russian-dressing style spread was both creamy and rich. Lindsey McClave, The Courier-Journal, 8 Jan. 2020 Fresh salads, pizzas, shish kebabs (called shashlik) of pork, beef, chicken or lamb, and seafood. Jeff Opdyke,, 23 June 2019 But the kebab recipe, Uzbek shashlik in the book, comes from her stepfather, who married her mother after her father died. Louisa Chu,, 21 May 2018 Like kefir, shashlik (which means skewered meats across a huge swath of the world, from Eastern Europe to Central Asia) has ancient roots. Louisa Chu,, 21 May 2018 See More

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Word History


Russian shashlyk, probably modification of Crimean Tatar šišlik, from šiš skewer

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shashlik was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Shashlik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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