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  • IPA(key): /pɪˈɹɒʒkɪ/, /pɪˈɹɒʃkɪ/


From Russian пирожки́ (pirožkí), plural of пирожо́к (pirožók), which is in turn a diminutive of пиро́г (piróg, pie). (In Russian Mennonite communities, borrowed first into Plautdietsch in Russia and Ukraine, and then taken into English in the US.)



pirozhki (countable and uncountable, plural pirozhki or pirozhkis)

  1. Small pastries filled with finely chopped meat, vegetables or fruit baked or fried, from eastern European cuisine, or a serving of these.
    • 2012, Margarita Borkaev, Far Away Run the Roads, Xlibris, p 110:
      Nica handed Mark a pirazhok.
      Maybe from the extra excitement, maybe because the pirozhki really were delicious, she swallowed them both immediately.
    • 1968, Soviet Life, v 136–147, Embassy of the Soviet Socialist Republics in the USA, p 15:
      I have found that, at every reception or cocktail party given at our embassy, pirozhki is a favourite, second only to our Russian caviar and vodka.
    • 1887, Lev (Leo) N. Tolstoy, Nathan Haskell Dole transl., “The Two Pilgrims”, in Iván Ilyitch and Other Stories, New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., p 174:
      In the morning the people wished Yefim good-speed; they loaded him with pirozhki for his journey, and they went to their work: and Yefim started on his way.
  2. A single such pastry.

Usage notesEdit

  • Russian "pirozhki" and "pirogi" and Polish pierogi (its diminutive is: "pierożki") (Polish dumplings) are often mixed up. They are different dishes. See pelmeni (Russian dumplings) for the Russian version of the Polish pierogi.
  • In various regions of Ukraine these terms (пироги́, пиріжки́) may mean either the Polish "pierogi" or the Russian "pirozhki".

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  1. plural of pirozhok