verb par·boil \ˈpär-ˌbi(-ə)l\

: to boil (a piece of food) for a short time often before cooking it fully in another way

Full Definition of PARBOIL

transitive verb
:  to boil briefly as a preliminary or incomplete cooking procedure

Examples of PARBOIL

  1. Parboil the potatoes before you roast them.

Origin of PARBOIL

Middle English, from parboilen to boil thoroughly, from Anglo-French parboiler, perboillir, from Late Latin perbullire, from Latin per- thoroughly (from per through) + bullire to boil, from bulla bubble — more at for
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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