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fric·​as·​see ˈfri-kə-ˌsē How to pronounce fricassee (audio)
variants or less commonly fricassée
: a dish of pieces of meat (such as chicken) or vegetables stewed in stock and served in a white sauce


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fricasseed; fricasseeing

transitive verb

: to cook as a fricassee

Examples of fricassee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Louisiana Kitchen is a chicken fricassee, a creamy French stew that has appeared as a special on the menu. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 Our recipe reflects a unique way Lincoln enjoyed his fricassee: with a dash of ground nutmeg and mace. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Feb. 2021 Sister Jean and her brothers could request a specific menu — her favorite was chicken fricassee, homemade noodles and pound cake with lots of frosting. Shannon Ryan,, 21 Aug. 2019 Those dishes are fricassee of free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks, pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps and ten hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling. Diana Pearl,, 19 May 2018 Lunch was served: a shrimp-and-lentil salad and a vegan bean fricassee. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2018 Hake would be fish, potage albion is brown giblet soup, and the fricassee is a way of serving calves' feet with a bit of white gravy, white wine, and egg yolks. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2018 Orgeron knows a good gumbo is all about the roux, that crawfish boils are a Mother’s Day tradition and how much better everything from a fricassee to a cochon-de-lait seems to taste when LSU wins. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, 27 Aug. 2017 Menus for established Neighborhood Services restaurants vary by location, though some dishes like 'London Broil' steak frites and chicken fricassee pot pie appear on each. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 21 July 2017
In 2015, the Firebirds were fricasseed by Imhotep, 40-0, before the game was halted with 2:51 left in the first quarter by mutual agreement between the teams. Aaron Carter,, 1 Nov. 2017 See More

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Word History



Middle French, from feminine of fricassé, past participle of fricasser to fricassee

First Known Use


1568, in the meaning defined above


1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fricassee was in 1568

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“Fricassee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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1 of 2 noun
variants also fricassée
ˈfrik-ə-ˌsē How to pronounce fricassee (audio)
: a dish of meat (as chicken) or vegetables cut into pieces and stewed in a white sauce


2 of 2 verb
fricasseed; fricasseeing
: to cook as a fricassee

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