Also souv·la·kia [soov-lah-kyah] /suvˈlɑ kyɑ/.

Origin of souvlaki

1945–50; < Modern Greek soubláki small spit, derivative of soúbla spit, skewer ≪ Latin sūbula shoemaker's awl, equivalent to sū-, base of su(ere) to sew1 + -bula suffix of instruments Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for souvlakia


  1. a Greek dish of kebabs, esp made with lamb

Word Origin for souvlakia

C20: from Modern Greek
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Word Origin and History for souvlakia



1959, from Modern Greek soublaki, from soubla "skewer," in classical Greek "awl," akin to Latin subula, from PIE *syu- (see sew (v)).

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