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

Examples of souvlaki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Move on to something grilled, maybe the herby chicken souvlaki or prawns, sassy with lemon and harissa. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 The Tasty Town menu will center seasonal, traditional and Southern ingredients and techniques, including small plates and entrees such as souvlaki grilled over live fire, fresh seafood, bright vegetables and traditional dips with fresh baked pita bread. al, 20 Apr. 2022 Think moussaka, pastichio and grilled souvlaki, as well as chicken and vegetarian brochettes. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2022 The menu includes dishes like housemade pita, fish kofta, lamb belly ribs and pork souvlaki. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2022 Menu diversity includes Great Greek gyro, as well as lamb, steak and chicken souvlaki plates. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of souvlaki was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Souvlaki.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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