sou·​vla·​ki | \ süv-ˈlä-kē How to pronounce souvlaki (audio) \
variants: or less commonly souvlakia \ süv-​ˈlä-​kē-​ə How to pronounce souvlaki (audio) \

Definition of souvlaki

Examples of souvlaki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a lemon-rice soup, long a staple at local Greek restaurants; mushroom queso birria tacos; an aguachile appetizer; chicken souvlaki; split pea falafel; and a chicken shawarma skewer. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 The flagship location opened in Hoover in 2021, and the menu features such Greek dishes as souvlaki, gyros, kefta and falafel. Bob Carlton |, al, 19 Jan. 2022 The event has shifted to a drive-through format, offering food, including gyros, souvlaki, baklava and more. Michael Norman, cleveland, 28 May 2021 Gyro Express carried a short, fast-casual menu of souvlaki, veggie and chicken pita platters, lamb kebabs and lemon potatoes. Phillip Valys,, 26 Aug. 2021 Greekman’s — with a menu of souvlaki, salads, hummus, pita and Greek natural wines — through October. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 His uncle’s cart was at 51st Street and Park Avenue, and also sold Greek sausage, spinach pie and souvlaki platters. New York Times, 20 July 2021 The restaurant offers Greek specialties such as spanakopita, tzatziki, dolmathes, pitas, moussaka, souvlaki and gyros. Susan Dunne,, 24 Mar. 2021 Teenage models Lydia-Angel Beach and Charlotte Claussen are seated on Monastiraki Square drinking in the warm Athens sunshine, having just sated their post-casting hunger with a juicy takeout souvlaki from classic kebab joint Thanasis. Helen Iatrou, CNN, 24 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of souvlaki

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for souvlaki

Modern Greek soublakia, plural of soublaki, from diminutive of soubla skewer, from Middle Greek, from Latin subula awl, from suere to sew — more at sew

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13 May 2022

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“Souvlaki.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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