cui·​sine | \kwi-ˈzēn, kwē-\

Definition of cuisine 

: manner of preparing food : style of cooking a cooking method used in French cuisine also : the food prepared enjoys French cuisine

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Synonyms for cuisine


cookery, cooking

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Examples of cuisine in a Sentence

a cooking method used in French cuisine a cuisine based on local ingredients This restaurant is famous for its spicy cuisine.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Houston is home to a wild mosaic of cuisines, each competing with each other to get the attention of hungry customers. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "The most unique fusion restaurants in Houston," 3 July 2018 In the Venn diagram of Middle Eastern and California cuisines, the overlapping bit is, without a doubt, fresh and massively flavorful produce. S.pellegrino®, Bon Appetit, "A Beach Picnic, L.A. Chef–Style," 25 June 2018 Proper and Wild is slated to open this fall from Chelsea DiPaulo and Jamie Savage, who opened Sanctum Cafe in 2015 and has been striving to give vegan food the same kind of flavorful reputation of other cuisines. Kyle Arnold,, "Winter Park getting new vegan restaurant from Sanctum Cafe owners," 25 June 2018 Momo Mee won't have a big menu, Ho said, but will include dishes not easily found in Milwaukee and will represent a variety of cuisines, Chinese, Korean and Japanese (including sushi) among them. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former RuYi chef to open Momo Mee in Harbor District," 25 June 2018 Over the years, New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer has showcased all manner of cuisines, from contemporary American to rustic Italian. Charles Passy, WSJ, "It’s Taco Time for Restaurateur Danny Meyer," 6 June 2018 The idea of a food hall, with a diverse mix of cuisines alongside a rotating roster of retail vendors, emerged. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "The Gentrification of Canal Street," 16 May 2018 An alien in Lagos For more than a decade, Bourdain has been America’s patron saint of obscure cuisines, interceding on behalf of the culturally ignorant. Tunde Wey, San Francisco Chronicle, "The power of those who get to tell the stories," 18 Mar. 2018 His passion in life was Golfing, good cuisine and most of all the love for his dogs Tessie and Bella. Hartford Courant,, "Richard Gomes," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of cuisine

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cuisine

French, literally, kitchen, from Old French, from Late Latin coquina — more at kitchen

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English Language Learners Definition of cuisine

: a style of cooking

: food that is cooked in a particular way

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