: a sauce made of fish (such as anchovies) fermented in brine

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sure enough, the banh ram ít were even more extreme in their crisp-soft contrasts and lifted off in flavor with a generous hit of nuoc mam cham. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Many Vietnamese recipes call for fish sauce, also called nuoc mam. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, 5 Aug. 2019 The other half is a plate fanned with luscious sliced duck meat, ready to warm in the broth or dip in nuoc mam gung — a cousin of the usual seasoned fish sauce that packs a delirious knockout punch of sweet ginger flavor. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 10 July 2019 Phú Quô´c is renowned for its seafood, intensely flavored peppercorns, and the world’s finest nuoc mam (fish sauce), a cornerstone of Vietnamese cooking. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Nov. 2018 Crispy fried whole sea bass (MP $19.95) is also terrific, the skin crunchy outside, soft inside, and scented with nuoc mam (in the broader sense). Spencer Caldwell, courant.com, 6 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Vietnamese nước mắm, literally, salted fish sauce

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nuoc mam was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Nuoc mam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nuoc%20mam. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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