latka

Alternative Spellings

latkey, latkah, latke

Definitions

  • "a potato pancake [fried in oil traditionally eaten on Chanukah]" (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "I am a latke and I am waiting for Hannukah to come." - Debbie Friedman

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

לאַטקע latke

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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