couscous

noun
cous·​cous | \ ˈküs-ˌküs How to pronounce couscous (audio) \

Definition of couscous

: 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 Once couscous is cooked and tender, add the dill, mint, and parsley and stir to combine. Dallas News, "How Dallas’s Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish became a Whole30 star and bestselling cookbook author," 29 Apr. 2020 In a city seemingly obsessed with the quality of every iteration of noodle, the fine points of couscous, which is essentially a type of pasta, have taken a back seat. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Ramen Diner From a Master in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn," 25 Feb. 2020 Use flavor inspirations from international cuisines, like Thai cucumber salads or Mediterranean flavors with whole wheat couscous and lots of herbs. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, "The secret to building a tasty, satisfying salad," 1 Jan. 2020 That night, the children ate some leftover roasted chicken from the butcher around the corner, paired with couscous from Picard Surgelés, a frozen-food store popular in France. New York Times, "Weeknight Dinner Around the World," 24 Sep. 2019 Tender Israeli couscous soaks up a tart vinaigrette and plays well with crunchy, cold cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and feta. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "Recipes for when it’s too hot to cook," 4 Sep. 2019 Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl, then scatter the feta on top. Julia Turshen, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019 Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl, then scatter the feta on top. Julia Turshen, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019 Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl, then scatter the feta on top. Julia Turshen, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of couscous

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couscous

French couscous, couscoussou, from Arabic kuskus, kuskusū

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The first known use of couscous was in 1738

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“Couscous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/couscous. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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couscous

noun
How to pronounce couscous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of couscous

: a North African food that is made from wheat and is in the form of very small, round pieces also : a dish of this food served with meat or vegetables

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