\ ˈfə How to pronounce pho (audio) , ˈfō \

Definition of pho

: a soup made of beef or chicken broth and rice noodles

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Pho, which first appeared in print in English in 1935, was borrowed from a Vietnamese word which was spelled phở. English speakers replaced the vowel with "o" but preserved the pronunciation as "fuh," rather than "foh." Another Vietnamese food word that was borrowed into English is nuoc mam, which refers to a type of fish sauce that is fermented in brine. In that case as well, the original Vietnamese word had accent marks that were lost on the journey into English. Nuoc mam was recorded in English just a few years before pho arrived.

Examples of pho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past few months, Chen has filmed himself trying Texas barbecue in Dallas, eaten tacos and pho in Irving and Richardson, and dabbled in Filipino food in Princeton and Garland. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 Customers can also order Vietnamese pho, American-Chinese crab rangoon, Japanese-like tempura calamari and duck, either in a red curry and coconut milk sauce or stir-fried with green pepper, onions and basil. Mike Danahey,, 23 July 2021 Pho 2000 Pho 2000 serves very fine pho, along with a good rendition of the spicy beef noodle soup bun bo hue., 25 May 2021 Linh and Bao have avoided each other for much of their lives, suspecting the family feud goes much deeper than friendly competition between their pho restaurants in Little Saigon. NBC News, 11 May 2021 The area is studded with bustling restaurants serving Vietnamese pho, Chinese dim sum and Korean barbecue. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Artisanal is your fine dining destination, driven by a farm-to-table concept; Bayou Smokehouse & Grill is serving up Cajun recipes, while Vietnamese restaurant Cam Ranh Bay is notable for its pho. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 8 Mar. 2021 Of course, epicures of any age can always try the oxtail pho. Kara Baskin,, 11 Feb. 2021 Since his family launched their first location of Pho Ca Dao in City Heights in 2001, the company has grown, thrived and won several awards as the best pho in town. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pho.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of pho

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pho

borrowed from Vietnamese phở

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Last Updated

26 Sep 2021

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“Pho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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