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flam·​bé fläm-ˈbā How to pronounce flambé (audio)
: dressed or served covered with flaming liquor
usually used postpositively
crepes suzette flambé


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flambéed; flambéing

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
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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Word History



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

First Known Use


1914, in the meaning defined above


circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flambé was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Flambé.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flamb%C3%A9. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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