bouil·​la·​baisse ˌbü-yə-ˈbās How to pronounce bouillabaisse (audio)
: a highly seasoned fish stew made with at least two kinds of fish

Examples of bouillabaisse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As one of Japan’s leading seafood and agricultural producers, Hokkaido is known for its cuisine both local and global, from ramen and yakitori to pizza and bouillabaisse. Gabriella Le Breton, Robb Report, 27 Jan. 2024 Here, effortless beauty competed with the fattening forces of lounging chair and bouillabaisse. Siobhan Reid, Robb Report, 19 Sep. 2023 That translates into a large menu with classic dishes like escargots, octopus carpaccio, bouillabaisse, and Dover sole à la Meunière. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 25 Sep. 2023 Nearby port cities like Marseille have shifted from signatures like bouillabaisse as young chefs look to more modern Mediterranean fare inspired by stints around Europe. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2023 Chez Napoleon Since 1960, this Hell’s Kitchen OG has been serving up delicious French classics like escargots, onion soup gratinée , steak au poivre, beef bourguignon, bouillabaisse, and dessert soufflés to New Yorkers looking for a taste of Paris in Gotham. William Li, Town & Country, 9 June 2023 Consider his bouillabaisse, built on a proper fish stock and populated with delicious bites of cod, littleneck clams and scallops — Hokkaido from northern Japan and cured in kombu. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 2 June 2023 In a mild Mediterranean climate, the mountainous islands catch moisture from fog blown across the confluence of three ocean currents that swirl together in a natural bouillabaisse with thousands of plant and animal species from Mexico to Canada and the far Pacific Ocean. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2023 Surrealist artist Eileen Agar, known for her collages incorporating raw, organic forms with the female form and other unique pieces, such as a hat designed for eating bouillabaisse, is having her first retrospective ever at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, May 19 - August 29. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2021 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bouillabaisse was in 1855

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bouil·​la·​baisse ˌbü-yə-ˈbās How to pronounce bouillabaisse (audio)
: a spicy stew made from a variety of fish and shellfish

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