A pancake, especially one made of grated potato.
A fried cake made of grated potatoes mixed with beaten eggs, flour, and, usually, onions and seasonings.
Origin of latke
- Yiddish from Ukrainian oladka from Old Russian diminutive of olad'ya from Greek eladia pl. of eladion little oily thing diminutive of elaion olive oil from elaiā olive
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Yiddish לאַטקע (latke), from either Russian латка (latka, “pastry, patch").