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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After all, comfort food is about sharing the feast. Nikki Delamotte,, "Cleveland's Sonia Steele wants to make your favorite soul food vegan," 10 Jan. 2018 Chalk it up to this year’s many stress-inducing events (politically, environmentally, and otherwise) but pajamas (the comfort food of clothing) have taken 2018 by storm. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The 36 Best Pajamas to Buy for Absolutely Everyone on Your Holiday Gift List," 13 Nov. 2018 Looking Ahead Don’t call it a diner or an exemplar of comfort food. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Bergdorf’s Revitalizes Its Lower-Level Cafe," 5 June 2018 Gus's isn't the only chain from Tennessee looking to bring its own brand of Southern comfort food to Houston. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's first Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken nears opening," 2 May 2018 Packed with protein and healthy fats, this is the best kind of comfort food on a cold day. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Egyptian spice blend brightens veggie-packed cauliflower salad," 25 Apr. 2018 Most of what Alas and Rodriguez cook at Paloma, however, likely falls within their personal definition of comfort food. Todd A. Price,, "Paloma Cafe invites you to linger over Latin American flavors: a first-look review," 6 Feb. 2018 Fade Street Social Three different spaces make up the dining experience from noted chef Dylan McGrath: a celebrated fine dining restaurant, a chic cocktail bar, and a gastrobar serving tapas, shareable comfort food, and gourmet brunch. Sandra Ramani, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Andino wants to provide the best comfort food and quality service possible. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Order’s up at three new restaurants in Laurel," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of comfort food

1970, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2019

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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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