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noun (1)

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


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

Examples of aspic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Unlike some other menu items from the early 20th century – think creamed liver loaf or aspic – Caesar salad remains a perennial favorite. Dee-Ann Durbin, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 July 2024 When the vessel cools, everything is suspended in a makeshift aspic. Adam Reiner, Bon Appétit, 6 Jan. 2024 Learn how to make one of our favorite Southern classics, tomato aspic. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 25 Nov. 2023 Hands On Time: 30 mins Total Time: 6 hrs 35 mins Servings: 8 to 10 Once upon a time, tomato aspics were the brilliant red centerpieces of luncheon buffets. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 25 Nov. 2023 For the meat gelatin or aspic ½ pound pork skin, cut into 1-inch strips 1 pound pork neck bones or ham bones with a little meat on them. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2023 Add the pieces of pork aspic. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2023 Lobster aspic, cold lobster and lobster thermidor have all appeared at previous state dinners, according to Foreign Policy magazine. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 And oh yeah, the aspic. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 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 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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