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noun (1)

as·​pic ˈa-spik How to pronounce aspic (audio)


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noun (2)

: a clear savory jelly (as of fish or meat stock) used as a garnish or to make a meat, fish, or vegetable mold

Example Sentences

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But that same history has a tendency to rub the edges off a revolutionary and seal him in the aspic of his past achievements. Tim Blanks, CNN, 4 Oct. 2022 As if Meghan and Harry were coming over for vichyssoise and tomato aspic. Ali Wentworth, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 For a special treat, slather your mincemeat in some aspic. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2021 For decades the place was synonymous with yeasty homemade rolls, chicken salad and tomato aspic. Jacques Kelly,, 12 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle French, alteration of aspe, from Latin aspis

Noun (2)

French, literally, asp

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1530, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aspic was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Aspic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a jelly of fish or meat stock used especially to make a mold of meat, fish, or vegetables

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