flambé

adjective
flam·​bé | \ fläm-ˈbā How to pronounce flambé (audio) , fläⁿ- \

Definition of flambé

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: dressed or served covered with flaming liquor usually used postpositively crepes suzette flambé

flambé

verb
flambéed; flambéing

Definition of flambé (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to douse with a liquor (such as brandy, rum, or cognac) and ignite

Examples of flambé in a Sentence

Verb The crepes were flambéed with brandy.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb President Barack Obama and his family, on the other had, were once again flambeed online for their take on the season. Petula Dvorak, chicagotribune.com, 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of flambé

Adjective

1914, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flambé

Adjective

French flambé, from past participle of flamber to flame, singe, from Old French, from flambe flame

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The first known use of flambé was in 1914

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“Flambé.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamb%C3%A9. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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