cordon bleu

cor·​don bleu | \ ˌkȯr-(ˌ)dän-ˈblü How to pronounce cordon bleu (audio) \

Definition of cordon bleu

 (Entry 1 of 8)

: stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese chicken cordon bleu
\ (ˌ)ōˈblœ̅, -ˈblə̄, -ˈblü\

Definition of au bleu (Entry 2 of 8)

: cooked by boiling in acidulated water immediately after being killed and cleaned but without being washed or scaled used especially of trout

bas bleu

noun (1)
\ bäblœ̅\
plural bas bleus\ -​œ̅(z) \

Definition of bas bleu (Entry 3 of 8)

bleu de lyon

noun (2), often capitalized L
bleu de ly·​on | \ blœ̅tlēōⁿ\
plural bleus de lyon\ " \

Definition of bleu de lyon (Entry 4 of 8)

bleu de roi

noun (3)
\ blœ̅d(ə)‧rwä\
plural bleus de roi\ " \

Definition of bleu de roi (Entry 5 of 8)

: sèvres blue

bleu louise

noun (4), often capitalized L
bleu lou·​ise | \ blœ̅lü(w)ēz\
plural bleus louise\ " \

Definition of bleu louise (Entry 6 of 8)

bleu passé

noun (5)
bleu pas·​sé | \ blœ̅päsā\
plural bleus passés\ " \

Definition of bleu passé (Entry 7 of 8)

poisson bleu

noun (6)
pois·​son bleu | \ ¦pwaˌsōⁿ¦blə(r‧), -wäˌs-, -lə̄\

Definition of poisson bleu (Entry 8 of 8)

Examples of cordon bleu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Specialty sandwiches included Fucci’s take on the classics, such as a roast pork with broccoli rabe and provolone cheese ($11.25) and the chicken cordon bleu with ham and cheese ($9.75)., "Chef Mike’s brings old-world Italian classics to Needham - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Dinner was filet mignon, chicken cordon bleu or exotic mushroom ravioli. Shay Spence,, "Taco Bell, Hooters and Beer Cheese: All the Food at Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright’s Wedding," 30 June 2019 Cuisine & Wine Bistro Chef/owner Fabrice Buschtetz's menu includes frogs legs ($14), chicken cordon bleu ($19), steak frites ($28) and Escargots Façon Fabrice ($12), a garlicky dish of escargots baked with a light bread topping. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, home to 2 million dead (including Chopin) and stuffed like a chicken cordon bleu, has already taken to leasing out its grave sites in 10-year increments. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Colma cemeteries rapidly running out of space for plots," 5 May 2018 Inspired by the classic French flavors of chicken cordon bleu, this dish features a tangy mix of Dijon mustard, deli ham and Swiss cheese, with fresh thyme for depth. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Cutlets with Ham and Swiss," 22 July 2014 Even his cordon bleu, which costs $16 including two side dishes, was stuffed with stuffed ham. Kim Severson, New York Times, "In This Corner of Maryland, Holidays Mean a Stuffed Ham," 19 Mar. 2018 Think cheesy barbecue chicken with cheddar and chopped onions, cordon bleu with Swiss cheese, ham and honey mustard, and Nashville Hot with piquant dipping sauce. Compiled By Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant news for February," 8 Feb. 2018 The restaurant has been known to top its New York-style pizza with calamari, foie gras, Caesar salad, and chicken cordon bleu (although not all at once). Lauren Delgado,, "Get adventurous for National Pizza Month," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cordon bleu


1960, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (or adverb)

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cordon bleu


after earlier cordon bleu "exceptional cook," borrowed from French, literally, "blue ribbon," referring to the blue ribbon or sash worn by the Chevaliers du Saint-Esprit, the highest order of knighthood under the Bourbon kings

Adjective (or adverb)

French, literally, to the blue; from the fact that the skin of fish cooked in this manner turns blue

Noun (1)

French bas-bleu, from bas stocking + bleu blue

Noun (2)

French, literally, Lyons blue, from Lyons (Lyon), France

Noun (3)

French, literally, king's blue

Noun (4)

French, literally, Louise blue

Noun (5)

French, literally, faded blue

Noun (6)

French, literally, blue fish

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: having, showing, or requiring great skill at cooking

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