or shash·lick, shas·lik

[ shahsh-lik, shahsh-lik ]
/ ʃɑʃˈlɪk, ˈʃɑʃ lɪk /



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Origin of shashlik

1925–30; < Russian shashlýk < Turkic; compare Turkish şişlik stewing meat, equivalent to şiş skewer (cf. shish kebab) + -lik suffix of appurtenance (a in Russ word is unexplained)

Definition for shashlick (2 of 2)

shish kebab
[ shish kuh-bob ]
/ ˈʃɪʃ kəˌbɒb /


a dish consisting of kabobs broiled or roasted on a skewer.
Sometimes shish ka·bob.

Origin of shish kebab

1910–15; < Turkish şişkebabι, equivalent to şiş spit (cf. shashlik) + kebap roast meat (cf. kabob) + 3rd singular possessive suffix
Also called shashlik, shashlick, shaslik. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for shashlick (1 of 2)



/ (ʃɑːʃˈlɪk, ˈʃɑːʃlɪk) /


a type of kebab

Word Origin for shashlik

from Russian, of Turkic origin; compare shish kebab

British Dictionary definitions for shashlick (2 of 2)

shish kebab
/ (ˈʃiːʃ kəˈbæb) /


a dish consisting of small pieces of meat and vegetables threaded onto skewers and grilled

Word Origin for shish kebab

from Turkish şiş kebab, from şiş skewer; see kebab
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