gal·​an·​tine ˈga-lən-ˌtēn How to pronounce galantine (audio)
: a cold dish consisting of boned meat or fish that has been stuffed, poached, and covered with aspic

Examples of galantine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One dish, a version of chicken Calvados, is galantine of chicken with beech mushrooms, fondant potatoes and spring onions grown by one of the farmers who supply the kitchen with produce. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from French, going back to Old French galatine, galentine "sauce made from jellied fish or meat broth," from galat-, galent- (probably going back to Latin gelātus, past participle of gelāre "to freeze, congeal") + -ine -ine entry 2; in earlier sense "meat or fish sauce" going back to Middle English galentyn, borrowed from Middle French — more at cold entry 1

Note: Neither the intrusive -n- nor the change of initial syllable from ge- to ga- in the Old French forms is easily explained. The hypothesis that the word is borrowed from the vernacular Dalmatian of Dubrovnik (Ragusa) is very tenuous, given that the word is only attested there three centuries after its first appearance in French.

First Known Use

1725, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galantine was in 1725

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Cite this Entry

“Galantine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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