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 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, "DIY Garage Bar in Uptown created a 'practical and versatile man cave'," 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, "Doc's Morning Line: We've gotten a taste of how good Mick Cronin's Bearcats could've been," 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, "On a Winter Trip to Ottawa, I Rediscovered the Joy of Ice Skating Through My Daughter’s Eyes," 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, "Denver Travel Guide," 25 Feb. 2021 Delicious poutine, strong drinks, and a mellow patio. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Border Cafe, The People’s Republik joins list of Boston-area restaurants to close amid COVID-19," 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, "50 Greater Cleveland restaurants that closed in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Cook up comfort with a New York Times Cooking recipe for a savory tourtière, or one for maple-roasted rack of venison from the celebrated Canadian chef Martin PicardofAu Pied de Cochon (often credited with reimagining poutine with foie gras). Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "How to Pretend You’re in Quebec City Tonight," 22 Dec. 2020 If that’s your thing, the Poutine Brothers food truck and delivery service created a Thanksgiving poutine ($16) with sweet potato fries, Wisconsin white cheddar curds, turkey, cranberry sauce, crispy onions, gravy and chives. Jenn Harris Senior Food Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Where to order your takeout Thanksgiving dinner," 10 Nov. 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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19 Apr 2021

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“Poutine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poutine. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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