One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Greek folk dance in which dancers form a line or chain.
- ‘Just after 11:00 p.m. I was about to leave, but the restaurant's owner refused to let me go until I danced a Sirtaki with him!’
- ‘As the the sun goes down, imagine taking a walk at the waterfront of Mandraki for a peaceful evening, talking to the fishermen, and dancing a syrtaki.’
- ‘The sirtaki, a variation of the hasapiko, culminates with the ‘Zorba’ dance popularized in the movie Zorba the Greek.’
- ‘But the Cypriots can rejoice as well as mourn, and they continue to dance the sirtaki and make wine and eat good food - and most of all, to celebrate the hospitality that is as much a part of their heritage as the sadness.’
Modern Greek, from Greek surtos ‘drawn, led’ + the diminutive suffix -aki.
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