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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Any trip to this California salad and sandwich shop should include a side of that delicious couscous. Dallas News, 1 Jan. 2023 Gluten-free and packed with nutrients, the relative of millet cooks up quickly—sort of like a speedy couscous. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 28 June 2022 Under the hot couscous, the goat cheese melted into a creamy, salty, tangy puddle. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 The flavorful couscous is simmered in a rich vegetable broth and served with tender chickpeas and other vegetables stirred in. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 Once couscous is cooked and tender, add the dill, mint, and parsley and stir to combine. Dallas News, 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, 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,, 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, 24 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 1 Feb. 2023.

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