- a pancake, especially one made of grated potato.
Origin of latke
1925–30; < Yiddish < East Slavic; compare Byelorussian (g)latka, dial. form of aladka kind of pancake, Old Russian oladǐya (Russian oládʾya), probably < Greek elá(i)dion, derivative of élaion oil
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Examples from the Web for latke
Perhaps the most Jewish part of the 6th Annual Latke Festival was that the food went way faster than the liquor.
Yet, there was something quite fitting about how un-Jewish the Latke Festival was.
She came to the Latke Festival because she loved any dish so based around the potato.
Veselka layered its latke with pork goulash, and Toloache added beef short rib chorizo.
“One thing you gotta have for Chanukah is some latke, pendejos,” says Luis.Yo, Yo, Yo, It's Chanakuh
December 9, 2012
Word Origin and History for latke
"pancake made with grated potatoes," 1927, from Yiddish, from Russian latka "pastry," said to mean literally "a patch," but by Watkins traced to Greek elaia "olive."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper