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

Definition of souvlaki

Examples of souvlaki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So did the divine mushroom souvlaki at the recent pop-up, Happy Gyro, hosted at Komi. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Nina May dishes up farm-to-table food with a lovely twist," 15 Nov. 2019 Today, Pete’s Kitchen still serves up cowboy burgers, gyros, souvlaki and breakfast burritos within a larger mix of Greek and greasy-spoon dishes. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "These classic Denver restaurants never get old, even after decades in business," 23 Oct. 2019 Close behind the treat is a souvlaki featuring mushrooms that have been sliced paper-thin, marinated, layered and pressed for a few days before they’re threaded on a skewer and seasoned with oregano. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Act fast! Komi just cooked up a plant-based pop-up.," 11 Oct. 2019 The fast-casual restaurant serves steak gyros, lamb shank youvetsi, chicken souvlaki and moussaka. Los Angeles Times, "New L.A. dining options include seafood on the coast," 20 Aug. 2019 The souvlaki cookoff - essentially a Greek kebob - will also be judged by members of the SCA. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Inaugural Grilling up Greek Cookoff to bring culture, steak," 12 Aug. 2019 One of the festival’s main draws is, of course, the food: expect all the standard Greek specialties, including dolmadas, tiropita, pastichio, souvlaki, and more. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Charlotte, N.C. This Summer," 21 June 2019 At the Washington, D.C., location of José Andrés’s Mediterranean restaurant, chef Michael Costa turns out modern takes on regional favorites like pork belly souvlaki with jalapeno zhoug and adana kebabs. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Pitagyros in Oia is fantastic (and reasonably priced) for traditional souvlaki. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Go, Where to Eat, and What to See at Instagram's Favorite Destination," 21 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'souvlaki.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about souvlaki

Time Traveler for souvlaki

Time Traveler

The first known use of souvlaki was in 1942

See more words from the same year

Statistics for souvlaki

Last Updated

15 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Souvlaki.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

Comments on souvlaki

What made you want to look up souvlaki? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that suddenly gains wealth or power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!