bouil·​lon ˈbü(l)-ˌyän How to pronounce bouillon (audio)
ˈbü-ˌyōⁿ How to pronounce bouillon (audio)
: a clear seasoned soup made usually from lean beef
broadly : broth

Examples of bouillon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her family — seven adults, including her three sons and their wives — has been surviving on a broth made with water and cubes of chicken bouillon. Amy Schoenfeld Walker, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Stews with powdered chicken bouillon instead of protein. Laila El-Haddad, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Stir in corn, soy sauce, sesame oil, bouillon and pepper; bring to a boil over medium high. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 Add the broth, bouillon, thyme, sage, bay leaves, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Just be sure to adjust the overall seasoning levels accordingly because bouillon is naturally very salty. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2023 So every single skin must be removed from every single pea before it’s added to a blender with onion, bell pepper, habanero and crawfish, seasoned with bouillon and salt, garnished and steamed in large pots of boiling water. Emiene Wright, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 The 204-page book includes recipes for make-ahead vegan cheeses and bouillon as well as soups, stews, pastas, stir fries, desserts and more. Andrea Weigl, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The rice is both soaked and toasted, and the sauce of fresh tomato, garlic and onion gets an unconventional boost from vegetable bouillon and tomato paste. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023

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Word History


French, from Old French boillon, from boillir to boil

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bouillon was in 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Bouillon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


bouil·​lon ˈbü(l)-ˌyän How to pronounce bouillon (audio) ˈbu̇(l)- How to pronounce bouillon (audio)
: a clear seasoned soup made usually from beef

from French bouillon "clear soup," derived from early French boillir "to boil," derived from Latin bulla "a bubble" — related to boil entry 2

Medical Definition

: a clear seasoned soup made usually from lean beef

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Bouil·​lon bü-ˈyōⁿ How to pronounce Bouillon (audio)
town in the Ardennes region of Wallonia, southeastern Belgium population 5393

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