con·​fit kōn-ˈfē How to pronounce confit (audio)
: meat (such as goose, duck, or pork) that has been cooked and preserved in its own fat
: a garnish made usually from fruit or vegetables that are cooked until tender in a seasoned liquid

Examples of confit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dinner finishes with thyme gelato with rhubarb confit. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2024 This is followed by the main course—a rotation that includes British Columbian sablefish, duck confit, and mole-spiced rack of lamb from a neighboring rancher. John Briley, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 Gingery duck confit fills the crisp spring rolls, staged on their sweet chile dipping sauce. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 Three daily gourmet meals are a part of the all-inclusive rate (expect to pay $587 per person/night or more) and the winter dining menu includes carmel apple venison, pheasant cordon bleu, duck confit perogies and rose glazed pink prawns. Brittany Anas, The Denver Post, 12 Mar. 2024 Look for upscale brunch items such as Lamb and Eggs, a duck confit benedict called Bene-ducked and Grand Marnier French Toast Flambee. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 20 Feb. 2024 Also on the Dar dinner menu are two pastillas, duck confit and savory garden vegetable, both encased in a crispy pastry shell. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, 17 Mar. 2024 The impressive dinner menu features many French favorites, including oysters and escargots, to mouthwatering mains like a classic bouillabaisse, côte de boeuf for two, gnocchi Parisienne and duck confit cassoulet. Sandra MacGregor, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 The menu includes mussels, escargots, duck confit and roasted rack of lamb and the backdrop includes much by which to be entertained. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from French, noun derivative from past participle of confire "to treat (food, an animal or vegetable substance) in order to preserve it," going back to Old French "to prepare (a drink), preserve (fruit) in a liquid or sugar," going back to Latin conficere "to carry out, perform, make, bring about, collect, bring to completion" — more at confect

Note: In sense 1 the French word is most likely a gallicized form of the cognate word in the Occitan of Gascony or Languedoc. See note at comfit.

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of confit was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Confit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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