bouil·​lon | \ˈbü(l)-ˌyän, ˈbu̇(l)-;ˈbu̇l-yən;ˈbü-ˌyōⁿ \

Definition of bouillon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
Bouil·​lon | \bü-ˈyōⁿ \

Definition of Bouillon (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Ames had been developing an injection made up of phosphates, hydrolytes, nitrates, bouillons and other umami flavors. Ben Mezrich, WSJ, "The Yankees Who Brought Science to the BBQ World," 24 Aug. 2018 Choose unsalted, lower-sodium, fat-free broths, bouillons, and soups. Good Housekeeping, "Low Sodium Diet Plan: Shake the Salt Habit," 14 May 2010 By the belle epoque era, however, tastes veered upscale and bouillons faded or transformed entirely, their charming interiors left untouched while their menus became decidedly upscale. Lindsey Tramuta, New York Times, "At a Nostalgic Paris Restaurant, Food Takes a Back Seat to Fun," 16 June 2018 Add garlic, bouillon paste, and salt and bring to a simmer. Bon Appetit, "Charro Beans," 28 May 2018 At the time, Soviet prison guards restrained hunger strikers in a chair and used a funnel and tube to administer a mix of meat bouillon, boiled grains and raw egg, Mr. Grigoryants said. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Hunger Strike Creates Unwanted Backdrop for Russia During World Cup," 16 June 2018 But bouillons and rouilles can apply to super-fine dining or casual dining. Phil Vettel,, "Former Sixteen sous-chef takes the reins at The Albert," 6 June 2018 Whisk in the 1 cup water, the butter, bouillon, jar of water/flour mixture and cream or milk. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meat & greet: It’s time to restore the butcher shop tradition," 5 June 2018 Hmmm, a Bloody Bull (a Bloody Mary with beef bouillon) would probably be the most appropriate run-observing beverage, right? Doug Maccash,, "New Orleans Running of the Bulls 2018 stampedes the CBD July 14," 4 June 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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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, ˈbu̇l-ˌyän, ˈbu̇l-yən\

Kids Definition of bouillon

: a clear soup or stock made from meat or vegetables


bouil·​lon | \ˈbü(l)-ˌyän, ˈbu̇(l)-; ˈbu̇l-yən; ˈbü-ˌyōⁿ \

Medical Definition of bouillon 

: a clear seasoned soup made usually from lean beef

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