fric·​as·​see | \ ˈfri-kə-ˌsē How to pronounce fricassee (audio) , ˌfri-kə-ˈsē \
variants: or less commonly fricassée

Definition of fricassee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dish of pieces of meat (such as chicken) or vegetables stewed in stock and served in a white sauce


fricasseed; fricasseeing

Definition of fricassee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cook as a fricassee

Examples of fricassee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Our recipe reflects a unique way Lincoln enjoyed his fricassee: with a dash of ground nutmeg and mace. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "4 dishes beloved by great presidents past for Presidents' Day: chicken fricassee, hoecakes, apple pandowdy, white bean soup," 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,, "Sister Jean, a fixture at Loyola basketball games, turns 100 today. Her secret to a long life? ‘I eat well and sleep well. And hopefully I pray well.’," 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,, "Here's the Menu from the Royal Wedding Lunch Reception — and It Looks Delicious!," 19 May 2018 Lunch was served: a shrimp-and-lentil salad and a vegan bean fricassee. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet," 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, "Vintage menus show which foods Americans used to love," 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, "LSU faithful enjoying rare connection with their Cajun coach," 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, "Omni bets big with plans for two Dallas-based restaurants at Louisville hotel," 21 July 2017 Try the Funghi: wild mushroom fricassee, thyme, truffle oil, ricotta and shaved garlic. Stephanie Citron,, "Where to eat and drink in Virginia Beach," 15 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "Watch: Ace Carter's City Player of the Week," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of fricassee


1568, in the meaning defined above


1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fricassee


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

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“Fricassee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fricassee

: a dish of small pieces of meat cooked in liquid and served in a thick white sauce

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