pou·​tine | \ pü-ˈtēn How to pronounce poutine (audio) \

Definition of poutine

chiefly Canada
: a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds

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Although the earliest evidence of the word poutine in an English publication is from 1982, historical accounts of the dish itself date to several decades earlier when someone had the brilliant idea to add rural Quebec's much-loved fresh cheese curds to (also much-loved) French fries. Whether the gravy came a few years later or was present ab ovo is disputed. Also unclear is the origin of the word by which the dish is known. Some assert that poutine is related to the English word pudding, but a more popular etymology is that it's from a Quebecois slang word meaning "mess." The dish has in recent years been making inroads on American menus.

Examples of poutine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The high country poutine ($5.95) is a snacky indulgence, cheese curds and fries in pork belly gravy sprinkled with scallions. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2022 Despite this, most users probably won’t be moving to another social media destination anytime soon, pledges to adopt a liking for poutine notwithstanding. Adario Strange, Quartz, 25 Apr. 2022 The meals are no longer cooked in the center of the restaurant and a few new items (Québec-style poutine and a chicken Caesar salad plate) have sneaked onto the menu. David Shribman, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 Steak and egg poutine and breakfast pizzas are two of the specialties for brunch, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 The truck serves it two ways: over rice or on french fries, the latter is a twist on Canadian poutine. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 The downtown Naperville poutine restaurant is set to open in the spring and also plans to employ people with special needs. Rafael Guerrero, chicagotribune.com, 28 Jan. 2022 The sausage and poutine eatery will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. cleveland, 16 Dec. 2021 But, once this is all over, in six years, there will be free poutine fountains at the border. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of poutine

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poutine

Canadian French

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“Poutine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poutine. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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