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ju·​li·​enne ˌjü-lē-ˈen How to pronounce julienne (audio)
: a preparation or garnish of food that has been cut into thin strips
a julienne of leeks
: food (such as meat or vegetables) that has been cut into thin strips
: a consommé containing vegetables cut into thin strips
julienne adjective
or julienned
garnished with julienne carrots
a salad of julienned vegetables


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julienned; julienning

transitive verb

: to slice (food) into thin strips about the size of matchsticks
wash and julienne the carrots

Examples of julienne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Peel and cut the onion in half and then cut the onion into a fine julienne, or like matchsticks. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 19 Nov. 2020 For the vegetable filling, cut each vegetable into thin julienne strips. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, 20 Apr. 2017 Kimberly Williams was at a back counter, transforming 50 pounds of carrots into delicate julienne sticks. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee.com, 25 May 2017 De-core Brussels sprouts and julienne so they are sliced very thin. Kit Waskom Pollard, baltimoresun.com, 16 May 2017 Order: Frita (comes with onions, ketchup and julienne potatoes), an order of Miami’s best churros and a batido de mamey (mamey shake). miamiherald, 9 May 2017 Grate beets on large holes of a box grater or cut into fine julienne. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2017 For the pickled red onion, julienne ¼ of a medium red onion and set aside. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, 27 June 2017
Unlike with mincing or dicing, julienning is often more of a stylistic choice. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 Indeed, some quarters tried to cancel her, mostly for spilling trade secrets about how journalists, especially the bestselling writer Joe McGinniss , got their subjects to trust them, only to julienne them in print. Virginia Heffernan, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Here’s an easy pot sticker recipe that can be made with pigeon or any number of other game meats. 8 pigeons, breasted ¼ cup ginger, minced 2 eggs, beaten 1 head Napa cabbage, sliced 2 bunches of scallions, thinly sliced 2 carrots, julienned2 Tbsp. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, 30 Apr. 2020 In Seafood Chow Nian Gao, the rice cakes are slightly chewy, but perfectly capture flavor from the sauce, squid, shrimp, clams, carrots, green onion, and julienned ginger. Eric Velasco, al, 21 Jan. 2020 From the snack section, try the miang ($14 for four): a tiny, colorful universe of seasonal fruit brunoise, shaved coconut, cured trout roe, julienned makrut lime leaf and fish sauce caramel arranged on betel leaves. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 14 Nov. 2019 Moles are ladled over things like enchiladas, or teetering piles of rice and julienned vegetables and your choice of protein — the shrimp and filet mignon are solid options, although the meats are best used for mopping up errant pools of mole. Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2019 Add muslin bag, julienned peel and water to pot with juice. Allegra Ben-Amotz, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2018 Meals are funneled towards the squid’s razor-sharp beak, which can julienne food into bite-size pieces that are subsequently pulverized and rammed down its throat by a toothy tongue-like organ. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 21 June 2018

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Word History



French, short for potage à la julienne, probably from Julienne woman's name

First Known Use


1841, in the meaning defined at sense 2


circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of julienne was in 1841

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“Julienne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/julienne. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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