Definition of souvlaki in US English:



  • A Greek dish of pieces of meat grilled on a skewer.

    ‘a generous plate of souvlaki’
    ‘souvlakia in pita’
    • ‘The scientists from Glasgow University were astounded at how quickly tzatziki, souvlaki and Greek salads were replaced with burgers, fish suppers and Scotch pies.’
    • ‘The main part of my diet consists of fish and meat, such as the traditional souvlaki meat eaten in pita bread.’
    • ‘But don't expect traditional Greek fare like skewers of chicken souvlaki, tzatziki and rice pilaf.’
    • ‘More money means you can order the double souvlaki with extra meat and garlic sauce.’
    • ‘Hummus, taramasalata, tzatziki, moussaka, souvlaki - all the greatest hits are present and correct in Aberdeen's only Greek restaurant.’
    • ‘Try the full plate pork souvlaki: tender pork, oregano-spiked Greek salad, warm puffy pita, rice, and aromatic tzatziki-topped lemon potatoes.’
    • ‘It was a great party, the champagne flowed, the souvlakis sizzled and the fireworks display was, well, spectacular to say the least.’
    • ‘When I get there she's got souvlakia, feta and ouzo’
    • ‘Beef and chicken souvlaki are first-rate kebabs, with appealingly scorched edges and juicy interiors.’
    • ‘There was a strange feeling in his stomach that had nothing to do with the souvlaki he'd had to try and wake himself up at lunch.’
    • ‘With a variety of food such as souvlaki, Greek salad, humous, spanokle pita and a deliciously sweet baklava for desert, Laurin was proud to dish it out to the waiting lineup.’
    • ‘The menu includes favourites such as souvlaki, gyros, spanakopita, dolmathes and, of course, desserts.’
    • ‘You don't smash plates here, as you would in a bazoukia restaurant, and with an Italian in the kitchen you're more likely to find risotto di mare or penne arrigato on the menu than the more traditional moussaka or souvlaki.’
    • ‘Name a neighbourhood and chances are it has its own Parthenon-styled eatery, complete with the requisite souvlaki, tzatziki and calamari.’
    • ‘For $21.99 per person you can sample a dozen items off the menu, which includes souvlaki, moussaka and Adriatic shrimp.’
    • ‘A generous dose of this thick, garlicky spread addressed the dryness of the pork and chicken souvlaki nicely.’
    • ‘The food is uniformly good international fare supplemented with Greek specialties such as moussaka, souvlaki, marinated octopus, stuffed vine leaves, salads with feta cheese, and sweet desserts like baklava.’
    • ‘I was craving souvlaki and did not want to hassle with having it delivered.’
    • ‘The issue that interests me most on a personal level concerns the battle for the best souvlaki, between two stores located within 50 metres of each other on opposite sides of Lygon Street.’
    • ‘The souvlaki was among the best I've had, but that's because souvlaki is usually considered a lowbrow dish, rarely receiving the opportunity to be made from top-quality ingredients and grilled with the utmost patience over a low flame.’


Modern Greek.