Latke meaning

lätkə
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A pancake, especially one made of grated potato.
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A fried cake made of grated potatoes mixed with beaten eggs, flour, and, usually, onions and seasonings.
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A pancake fried in oil, usually made from potatoes and sometimes also onions, traditionally served on Hanukkah.

Her favorite Chanukah memories were of eating latkes and sour cream while her mother gossiped with the aunts and cousins.

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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").

    From Wiktionary