french fry

1 of 2


variants or French fry
: a strip of potato typically cooked by being fried in deep fat
usually plural

french fry

2 of 2


variants or French fry
french fried or French fried; french frying or French frying; french fries or French fries

transitive verb

: to fry (strips of potato or something similar) in deep fat until brown

Examples of french fry in a Sentence

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The car is described as weighing over 5,000 pounds, with a burger hood and french fry bumper. Joe Otterson, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 In the second photo, the star may have made her followers hungry by sharing a photo of french fries and lobster. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 That’s in addition to the usual basket of french fries or nugs, of course. Brandon Widder, The Verge, 12 Oct. 2023 Last year, frozen french fries became Washington’s second-most valuable agricultural export after seafood, a 16% increase from 2021. Eli Tan, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2023 The group was eating french fries, enchiladas and tacos when they were approached by the bear, the AP and BBC reported. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 Othello produces more frozen french fries, hash browns and tater tots than anywhere else in the world — 1.5 billion pounds a year, or 15% of North American production. Eli Tan, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2023 Othello produces more frozen french fries, hash browns and tater tots than anywhere else in the world — 1.5 billion pounds a year, or 15 percent of North American production. Eli Tan, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2023 The restaurant industry is pushing to automate tasks from drive-thru ordering to preparing french fries as companies juggle high demand with a tight labor market and inflation., 12 July 2023
Humble ketchup, that sticky-sweet, popular sauce ubiquitous whenever a french fry is near, is more than just a dip for chicken tenders or condiment for topping burgers. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2021 The chain also permanently added a new french fry recipe to its menu in July. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 12 Oct. 2020 Picture it: Verbier, January 2014, me and three four-year-old Europeans being told to pizza and french fry our way around a flat-as-a-pancake bunny hill. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Mar. 2023 Its four Japanese stainless steel blade styles (straight, wavy, julienne, and french fry) cut fruits and vegetables to various thicknesses in 0.5-millimeter intervals, racking up a boast-worthy 21 different ways to slice. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Dec. 2022 With so many brands out there, finding the ideal crispy-creamy frozen french fry is a challenge, with companies turning to ingredients and additives—like sodium acid pyrophosphate and xanthan gum—to nail the assignment. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 19 Sep. 2022 Cutting potatoes into sticks, coating them in a thin layer of oil and salt and then air-frying will produce something that, right out of the air-fryer, looks a lot like a french fry. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Their daughter, Serenity Hurricane Paula Johnson, popularly known as ‘french fry’ was born in January 2022. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 11 Jan. 2023 Go for a classic charcuterie board, or branch out with a butter board, desert board, or french fry board. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1886, in the meaning defined above


circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of french fry was in 1886

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“French fry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

french fry

1 of 2 noun
often capitalized 1st F
: a strip of potato fried in deep fat

french fry

2 of 2 verb
often capitalized 1st F
: to fry in deep fat until brown
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