Share this entry

Share this page

syrtaki

Line breaks: syr|taki
Pronunciation: /səːˈtaki
 
/
(also sirtaki)

Definition of syrtaki in English:

noun (plural syrtakis)

A Greek folk dance in which dancers form a line or chain.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The sirtaki, a variation of the hasapiko, culminates with the ‘Zorba’ dance popularized in the movie Zorba the Greek.
  • 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!

Origin

modern Greek, from Greek surtos 'drawn, led' + the diminutive suffix -aki.

Definition of syrtaki in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…