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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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."

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