cous·​cous ˈküs-ˌküs How to pronounce couscous (audio)
: a North African dish of steamed semolina usually served with meat or vegetables
also : the semolina itself

Examples of couscous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bring the liquid in the pot back to a boil over medium-high heat and add the couscous. Lidey Heuck, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the couscous is tender and the liquid in the pan has reduced, 10 to 15 minutes. Lidey Heuck, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 The company’s product line runs a whole-grain gamut, including stone-ground sorghum flour, paleo-style muesli and whole wheat-pearl couscous, along with energy bars and cake and soup mixes. Alex Williams, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Its greenish hue is derived from a confit of greens mixed with Israeli couscous. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Jan. 2024 Wheat couscous: more than one kind Moroccan – tiny grains cook super fast. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 4 Aug. 2023 Israeli couscous on the side is a nice change from typical pasta salad. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 6 July 2023 At the reception following the ceremony, guests dined on a buffet featuring Caprese salad, pearl couscous, pork tenderloin, baked rigatoni, chicken cacciatore, mahi-mahi and mushroom risotto. Julie Jordan, Peoplemag, 28 June 2023 Add the oil; once shimmering, add the couscous. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History


French couscous, couscoussou, from Arabic kuskus, kuskusū

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of couscous was in 1738

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“Couscous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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