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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Build your own latke bar for six to 20 people featuring traditional, everything spice, root vegetable or za’atar scallion versions with toppings including creamy onion dip, lox and duck confit ($68-$160). Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 Enjoy chrstnut and celery root soup, ahi tuna confit, poached brisket with salsa verde, and more. Sunset Magazine, 11 Dec. 2022 But, the Montreal Long Haul — with duck leg confit, a blue corn butterscotch pancake, scrambled eggs, and tater tots — at Oak Cliff’s Encina is worth making plans for. Dallas News, 20 Oct. 2022 The upscale spot with modern Brazilian fare will offer a New Year’s Eve menu with a Wagyu kibbeh cru, duck confit with red sorrel, rice grits risotto with country ham, dry-aged prime rib, and poached Spanish turbot. Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2022 For a night of fine dining, Grace’s Cottage serves seafood dishes and a memorable, tender duck confit atop a white bean cassoulet in a shaded, quaint gazebo setting. Kristin Braswell, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Oct. 2022 Richer aromas of baklava and lemon confit with that same intense stony minerality also present in the 2019 with jasmine flower and green mango on the palate and a persistent finish. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 Add on anything from French bread spread with garlic confit to a seafood tower with lobster tails, oysters and shrimp. Lauryn Azu, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Jennings’s clever interpretation would pass inspection in Naples, its flavors both softened and intensified with garlic confit and an herb vinaigrette. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 1 Feb. 2023.

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