latka (LAHT-kuh) listen
latke (LAHT-kee) listen


  • n. A potato pancake fried in oil that is traditionally eaten on Chanukah.

Example Sentences

  • "I'm ready for the annual fight on what to top latkes with. I go with applesauce or sour cream." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • 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


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      latkey, latkah, latke

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