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 Prices for the urban poutine range from $8 for the chicken to $22 for lobster and snow crab toppings, King said. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 27 May 2021 Unsurprisingly, the places that specialize in them also serve similarly dense French-Canadian classics, like poutine. The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Bud has an alter ego, Guy Lowenbrau, a hockey-playing Canuck who sports a poutine-thick accent and a vintage leather jacket from the '70s that belonged to Burge's dad. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 This year, the Jays will open in Dunedin, a town that fashions itself into a Canadian outpost of sorts every spring, with red and white maple leaf flags mixed in with signs for poutine at the concession stands. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2021 So lunch is falafel, tzatziki, and poutine at Oh My Grill, a new takeout spot run by Ali Al-Tawil, the son of Lebanese immigrants, in the ByWard Market. Leanne Shapton, Travel + Leisure, 5 Mar. 2021 Denver Biscuit Company has also developed its own twist on poutine called Sully’s Fries — waffle fries with gravy, pimento cheese, bacon, and green onions. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2021 Delicious poutine, strong drinks, and a mellow patio. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2020 For now, one other Banter restaurant location remains open in Shaker Heights’ Van Aken District, still serving up its selection of sausages, poutine, beer and wine. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 29 Dec. 2020

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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 16 Jun. 2021.

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