cou·​lis kü-ˈlē How to pronounce coulis (audio)
: a sauce made with pureed vegetable or fruit and often used as a garnish
tomato coulis
raspberry coulis

Examples of coulis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's topped with raspberry coulis, Fruity Pebble whipped cream and cereal pieces. Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2023 Their adventures in my backyard included picking raspberries from the overgrown briar patch to make coulis for their cheesecake and gossiping about Barbie’s poor taste in satin jumpsuits. Globe Staff,, 13 July 2023 At the restaurant Koloman in New York City, chef Markus Glocker will sometimes make a lemon curd, sometimes an herb coulis, and spread it on the plate before arranging the salad on top. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2023 The Henri resurrects an idea from the chef’s youth — a meatball made with pickled egg — placing it on shredded cabbage and carrot lit with ginger, and circling the orb with spinach coulis. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 For a dramatic visual contrast to the snowy-white heart—and a nice, tart counterpoint to its unctuousness—surround it with a coulis of puréed raspberries, spiked with a few spoonfuls of crème de framboise liqueur. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 Serve with berries, a fruit coulis or a fresh squeeze of lemon. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2021 The yellowtail crudo is jaggedly sliced, swimming in an overwhelming coulis. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Nov. 2019 Tomato coulis is a thin puree of tomatoes that’s also ideal for the freezer., 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


French, from Old French coleïs, from coleïs, coleïz flowing

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coulis was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Coulis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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