American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pancake, especially one made of grated potato.
- n. A pancake fried in oil, usually made from potatoes and sometimes also onions, traditionally served on Hanukkah.
- n. made of grated potato and egg with a little flour
- From Yiddish לאַטקע (latke), from either Russian латка ("pastry, patch"). (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish, from Ukrainian oladka, from Old Russian, diminutive of olad'ya, from Greek eladia, pl. of eladion, little oily thing, diminutive of elaion, olive oil, from elaiā, olive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No matter how you spell it, latke is Yiddish for fried pancakes, typically of the potato variety.”
“There is another variable in latke preparation: oxidation.”
“The word latke derives from Yiddish, the Jewish language spoken by East European Jews.”
“I think that a latke is a latke is a latke - except perhaps in Lithuania, their homeland, where they're called something else since 94% of the Jewish population was killed 60 years ago.”
“So it was with some skepticism that I approached Ruthie & Gussie's Traditional Potato Pancake (Latke) Batter: how authentic could it be if the word "latke" is in parentheses?”
“If my ancestors decided to choose foods cooked in oil as symbolic of Hanukkah, my foremothers found a winner in the potato pancake or latke which is Yiddish for the delicacy.”
“Being a nice Jewish girl, I'm tempted by a latke cookoff.”
“Even though my menorah is dedicated to the latke, the symbolic fried food that I make for chanukah comes from my Hungarian roots: langos.”
“It would make the perfect holder for 8 potatoes for the latke mobile menorah that I decided to create.”
“I shouldn't harp on the comfort-food angle, but as soon as Mr. Telepan's latke hit my taste buds I had a flashback of being a toddler and given a warm bath by my mother on a cold winter's night.”
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