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

Definition of pottage

: a thick soup of vegetables and often meat

Examples of pottage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is what caused the Big 4 firms to sell their birthright for a mess of pottage by peddling bogus shelters around the turn of the millennium. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Jamila’s bisque, a heady pottage of crawfish, spinach and zucchini, is a dish the restaurant normally serves at Jazz Fest, which of course also was canceled this year. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, 7 Dec. 2020 Surely even medieval peasants sometimes stared into the middle distance and sighed over their barley pottage, longing for the next village fête day and a bit of carnivalesque mayhem. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2020 Dinner will include traditional favorites as chine of roast pork, pottage of cabbage, leeks and onions, and Indian pudding. courant.com, 31 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2017 See More

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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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“Pottage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pottage. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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