ju·​li·​enne | \ ˌjü-lē-ˈen How to pronounce julienne (audio) , ˌzhü-\

Definition of julienne

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a preparation or garnish of food that has been cut into thin strips a julienne of leeks
b : food (such as meat or vegetables) that has been cut into thin strips
2 : a consommé containing vegetables cut into thin strips


julienned; julienning

Definition of julienne (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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julienne or julienned adjective
garnished with julienne carrots a salad of julienned vegetables

Examples of julienne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the vegetable filling, cut each vegetable into thin julienne strips. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Celebrate Earth Day using garden-fresh ingredients," 20 Apr. 2017 Kimberly Williams was at a back counter, transforming 50 pounds of carrots into delicate julienne sticks. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee.com, "New Salvation Army program gives former homeless, addicts a chance to get a job," 25 May 2017 De-core Brussels sprouts and julienne so they are sliced very thin. Kit Waskom Pollard, baltimoresun.com, "Home plates: Camden Yards' 'bring your own' policy appeals to foodies, thrifty fans," 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, "Eat at these 5 historic South Florida burger spots for National Burger Month," 9 May 2017 Grate beets on large holes of a box grater or cut into fine julienne. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beet Slaw with Pistachios and Raisins," 28 June 2017 For the pickled red onion, julienne ¼ of a medium red onion and set aside. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Brian Malarkey's perfect picnic," 27 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add muslin bag, julienned peel and water to pot with juice. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Amp up your dish presentation and ensure more controlled cooking by julienning vegetables and herbs. Country Living, "How To Julienne Vegetables Video," 21 Sep. 2010 Toss in shredded red cabbage, julienned red peppers and lots of fresh herbs. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Top with sriracha aioli, seasoned tuna, roasted sesame seeds, radish sprouts, micro red shiso and julienned radish. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 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, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 Remove two strips of peel from orange with a vegetable peeler; julienne the peel and reserve. Frank P. Melodia, Redbook, "Easy Weeknight Meal: Sticky Asian Short Ribs with Sesame Snow Peas," 7 Mar. 2012 If using fresh, stir in as directed below) 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets and steamed ¼ head red cabbage, sliced into thin strips 2 carrots, shredded or julienned½ cucumber, cut into sticks Melt coconut oil in a large skillet. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thick with noodles, this sweet-spicy dish is pure comfort," 4 Apr. 2018 Toss the mustard greens, julienned endive, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds with a little vinaigrette, scatter over the braised squash mixture, and drizzle with a little more vinaigrette. Christie Grimm, Town & Country, "T&C Recipe," 26 Oct. 2013

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First Known Use of julienne


1841, in the meaning defined at sense 2


circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for julienne


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

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