gou·​lash ˈgü-ˌläsh How to pronounce goulash (audio)
: a stew made with meat (such as beef), assorted vegetables, and paprika
: a round in bridge played with hands produced by a redistribution of previously dealt cards
: a mixture of heterogeneous elements : jumble

Examples of goulash in a Sentence

a goulash of facts and figures
Recent Examples on the Web It’s known for serving specialties such as dill pickle soup and Hungarian pancakes, which are fried and topped with a pork goulash. Mika Travis, Detroit Free Press, 14 July 2023 Annemarie and Michael Greipel served from-scratch German recipes like home-style egg noodle dishes called spätzle, Hungarian-style beef goulash, braised beef rouladen and choice beef stroganoff. Leah Hunter, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2023 Pair with cheddar cheese or beef goulash. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 Feast on items from their Heritage Menu such as pork tenderloin schnitzel from 1982 and Hungarian goulash from 1966. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2023 The highlights were a melt-in-your-mouth venison carpaccio, lightly pickled trout, the most airy braised fish balls, a perfect Rendena veal goulash over polenta, and hand-cut tagliatelle with a ragù of venison and currants. Pilar Guzmán, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2023 Pair with goulash or four cheese lasagna. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 Bratwurst, schnitzel, goulash, sauerbraten and strudel anchor the menu along with 25 hard-to-find German and European beer labels lined up in neat rows on shelves next to bottle after bottle of German riesling and piesporter and Austrian grüner veltliner. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 15 June 2022 The food is traditional — lentil stew, venison goulash and eggs in mustard sauce — and is made using local produce; the wine comes mostly from German vintners, and there are beers on tap. Gisela Williams Jenn Pelly Nikki Shaner-Bradford Monica Mendal Abigail Glasgow Angela Koh, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Hungarian gulyás, short for gulyáshús, literally, herdsman's meat

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goulash was in 1866

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“Goulash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goulash. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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gou·​lash ˈgü-ˌläsh How to pronounce goulash (audio)
: a stew made with meat (as beef), vegetables, and paprika

from Hungarian gulyás, short for gulyáshús, literally, "herdsman's meat"

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