or mus·sa·ka

[ moo-sah-kuh, moo-sah-kah ]
/ muˈsɑ kə, ˌmu sɑˈkɑ /

noun Greek Cookery.

a baked dish consisting of layers of sautéed slices of eggplant and ground lamb usually flavored with tomatoes, onions, and cinnamon, and covered with a custard sauce sprinkled with grated cheese.

Origin of moussaka

1930–35; < Modern Greek mousakâs < Turkish musakka Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for moussaka



/ (mʊˈsɑːkə) /


a dish originating in the Balkan States, consisting of meat, aubergines, and tomatoes, topped with cheese sauce

Word Origin for moussaka

C20: from Modern Greek
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