fri·​sée frē-ˈzā How to pronounce frisée (audio)
variants or less commonly frisé
: curly endive leaves that have finely dissected edges and are used in salads : curly endive

called also frisée lettuce

Examples of frisée in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dishes kept coming: caviar frisee with taro crisps, seared bigeye tuna with sweet potato, ali’i mushroom bordelaise, and kale, the last paired with a Napa Bordeaux blend. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2023 Hake Namban Zuke frisee by Kenshi Imura of Cafe Sushi in Cambridge. Peggy Hernandez,, 2 May 2023 Frame Resident Chef Michael Barrera has curated an inspired menu of dishes, such as borscht, a beet soup, and Chicken Kyiv served with celery root and frisee. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 2 Mar. 2022 The sweetness of the crab balances the bitter flavor of the frisee. Sunset Magazine, 22 Dec. 2021 The stew is homey, warmed by the complex and lightly piquant ras el hanout spice, and sometimes topped with an arrangement of frisee that makes the bowl look almost nest-like. Soleil Ho,, 6 Dec. 2019 The most notable slip over the course of four meals was a frisee salad hosting artichokes, potatoes, pancetta and an egg. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2019 Instead of spiky alien globes, Priolo presents a plate piled high with baby artichokes sliced paper thin, marinated in lemon then topped with curly frisee and shaved petals of Parmesan. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 3 June 2019 Mix radicchio and frisee in bowl with a bit of dressing, place on plate and continue to garnish with figs, walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles & Mousse. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, 3 May 2019

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Word History


French, short for chicorée frisée curly chicory

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frisée was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Frisée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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