comfort food


Definition of comfort food 

: food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal

Examples of comfort food in a Sentence

Pot roast and fried chicken are my favorite comfort foods. a restaurant that serves comfort food

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Black Bear Saloon is the airport's largest full-service venue, with a satisfying array of American comfort foods. Frank Cohen,, "Terminal A, Bradley International Airport," 6 Feb. 2018 These crustaceans make excellent hosts and enjoy entertaining with comfort food and free-flowing libations. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Cancer, Explained," 2 Feb. 2018 Maiko Kyogoku is the owner of Bessou, a Japanese restaurant in New York City that features inspired takes on Japanese comfort food based on family recipes. Maiko Kyogoku, Bon Appetit, "Miho Imada Is Quietly Brewing Some of the Best Sake in the World," 18 Apr. 2018 Roughly Speaking episode 349: What's your favorite comfort food for a winter weekend? Dan Rodricks,, "John Shields and Henry Hong comfort us with food," 26 Jan. 2018 In the last few years, this funny, nourishing, simple meal has somehow become my preferred comfort food. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "A Comfort Food Dish Rich in Friendship," 11 Jan. 2018 From morning till night, hungry patrons flock to these casual eateries to chow down on hearty comfort foods and people-watch from tables on outdoor terraces. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Parisian Bistro Is Disappearing," 12 July 2018 Culinary director Clark Gilbert describes it as cuisine grand-mere — that is, comfort food. Michael Klein,, "Louie Louie, an American bistro, opens in University City," 9 July 2018 Elkins' promotion is announced as several of her dishes debut on a new menu at Harold's, known for comfort foods with Texas and Southern influences. Houston Chronicle, "Harold’s gets new executive chef," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of comfort food

1970, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of comfort food

: food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family, or friends

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