Meaning of meze in English:


(also mezze)

Pronunciation /ˈmeɪzeɪ/

nounmeze, mezes, mezedes

  • (in Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern cooking) a selection of hot and cold dishes, typically served as an hors d'oeuvre.

    ‘sit down to a Cyprus meze and a glass of wine’
    • ‘The long menu runs from Mexican nachos with refried beans to Indian thalis, Greek salads and Middle Eastern meze.’
    • ‘The Turks serve this as a meze with strips of warm pitta.’
    • ‘For starters there are forty-two different kinds of mezes, cold dishes, soups and salads all for a modest £2.95 each.’
    • ‘Later on I got to see Onur once again before going out with Hanko, Andrea and Claudia for meze and kebabs - how oh so Turkish of us, huh?’
    • ‘Pretend they are meze and order all four anyway.’
    • ‘It serves some of the best meze I've ever tasted and after dinner you can sip a strong Syrian coffee while passing round the nargila.’
    • ‘Having lived in Turkey for nearly six years, I focused on the Turkish-inspired meze (appetizers).’
    • ‘To accompany my meze I couldn't do anything else but to go for a Troyanska Slivova Rakia, for which this region is famous.’
    • ‘Odd, since Turkish may very well be the original Med-rim cuisine. We think of the kebab as Afghan, feta as Greek, meze as Lebanese, tahini as Israeli, but all of these foods and flavors are integral to the Turkish kitchen.’
    • ‘Our host recommended the house speciality, a selection of mezes for two people for £15 each, but in the interests of research we decided to opt for different starters and main courses.’
    • ‘Paul Gayler's excellent Mediterranean Cook is divided regionally and has some good unusual dishes like vegetarian meze, churros, gaufrette and tian (Jacqui Small, £18.99).’
    • ‘The original meze of Persia appear to have been tart fruits, such as pomegranates, quinces, and citrons, designed to alleviate the bitter taste left by unripe wine.’
    • ‘We had eaten the evening before at the celebrated Zeitoun in the old city, where they serve the most spectacular mezes and delicious Lebanese wine.’
    • ‘The food and wine were great, the music outstanding and the fact you can chill for 4 hours enjoying your meze with no mention of you leaving your spot so that another diner can sit down - unbelievable.’
    • ‘Arabian food includes a lot of spiced lamb and rice, seafood such as tuna and hammour, Lebanese-style mezes, bite-size snacks called falafels, made from chickpeas, and shwarma, a lamb or chicken wrap.’
    • ‘Serve as a dip as part of a meze or as an accompaniment to grilled meats or fish.’
    • ‘Local dishes are delicious, particularly the meze, a specialty of Cyprus that consists of a large number of cold and hot hors d' oeuvres such as salads, meats, vegetables, and fish dishes.’
    • ‘Vicky and I decided to start with meze, a selection of the staple starters Nargile has to offer.’
    • ‘In both countries, a night of fine dining would begin with appetizers: meze in Turkish and mezedes in Greek.’
    • ‘The traditional meze, a leisurely eating out experience, is short for mezedhes or ‘little delicacies’, comprising between 20 and 30 dishes accompanied by bread and salad with fresh fruit to finish.’


From Turkish, literally ‘appetizer’, from Persian maza ‘to relish’.