pot·​tage | \ ˈpä-tij How to pronounce pottage (audio) \

Definition of pottage

: a thick soup of vegetables and often meat

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Indeed, for millennia, in the West as well as the East, bowls were the vessel from which ordinary people ate all their meals, because most cooking consisted of some kind of soup or stew or pottage, ladled from a common pot. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Yet there’s no glue — not a whiff of life or a single substantial, grounding directorial idea — that makes this pottage work scene to scene. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Snowman’ Is a Thrill-Free Thriller Tied in Knots," 19 Oct. 2017 The leaders of this wing trade their evangelical witness for a mess of political pottage and a Supreme Court nomination. John Fea, Washington Post, "Trump threatens to change the course of American Christianity," 17 July 2017 Jacob gives him lentil stew (sometimes translated as pottage, mess, broth), and in exchange the clumsy, ruddy Esau gives up his firstborn rights. Talia Lavin, The New Yorker, "Leaving a Religion and a Marriage, and Gaining a Chicken Soup," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of pottage

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pottage

Middle English potage, from Anglo-French, from pot pot, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English pott pot

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English Language Learners Definition of pottage

old-fashioned : a thick soup of vegetables and often meat

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