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  • IPA(key): /pɪˈrɒʒkɪ/, /pɪˈrɒʃkɪ/


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".

Related termsEdit




  1. plural of pirozhok