bouil·​lon | \ ˈbü(l)-ˌyän How to pronounce bouillon (audio) , ˈbu̇(l)-; ˈbu̇l-yən; ˈbü-ˌyōⁿ How to pronounce bouillon (audio) \

Definition of bouillon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clear seasoned soup made usually from lean beef broadly : broth


geographical name
Bouil·​lon | \ bü-ˈyōⁿ How to pronounce Bouillon (audio) \

Definition of Bouillon (Entry 2 of 2)

town in the Ardennes region of Wallonia, southeastern Belgium population 5393

Examples of bouillon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Serve remaining lobster bouillon in small bowls on the side. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The Future of Moroccan Cuisine is Female," 16 Mar. 2018 Chefs know that despite (or because of) its surface simplicity, a bouillon or soup course in a tasting menu is an opportunity to really show off. Soleil Ho,, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 Dear Heloise: Want to improve the flavor of your soups and stews? Instead of adding plain water, add bouillon or broth to the water. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Economical corn chowder," 4 Sep. 2019 The chefs at Lazy Bear are more transparent about the work behind their halibut bouillon, which was poured tableside over an arrangement of winter purslane leaves and other wild greens during a May dinner. Soleil Ho,, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 Add citrus, squeezing and dropping each half directly into the bouillon. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Nina Compton shares her signature recipes," 3 Aug. 2019 For a friendly spot that the locals flock to, Hardest Hard Restaurant & Bar will fill you with dishes like fish creole, goat peleau, pigtail bouillon and grilled pork chops all served with a heaping side of rice and plantains. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "Live It Up: Get On Badder Than Bad at St. Lucia Carnival 2019," 9 July 2019 In an outdoor corridor, a glass patio table is set with floral-patterned china, just like when the Queen Mother dropped by and quaffed a vodka-and-beef-bouillon Bullshot with Coward. Norma Meyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "James Bond’s Jamaican roots," 13 June 2019 Add the water, oil, bouillon base and egg; mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until thoroughly incorporated, to form a slightly wet dough. Cathy Barrow, The Seattle Times, "I bake for dogs, and they eat it up: recipes for DIY dog biscuits," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of bouillon


1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bouillon


French, from Old French boillon, from boillir to boil

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“Bouillon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bouillon

: a clear liquid in which meat, chicken, fish, or vegetables have been cooked and which is eaten as soup or used to make sauces


bouil·​lon | \ ˈbü-ˌyän How to pronounce bouillon (audio) , ˈbu̇l-ˌyän, ˈbu̇l-yən \

Kids Definition of bouillon

: a clear soup or stock made from meat or vegetables


bouil·​lon | \ ˈbü(l)-ˌyän How to pronounce bouillon (audio) , ˈbu̇(l)-; ˈbu̇l-yən; ˈbü-ˌyōⁿ How to pronounce bouillon (audio) \

Medical Definition of bouillon

: a clear seasoned soup made usually from lean beef

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