ragout

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noun ra·gout \ra-ˈgü\

Definition of ragout

  1. 1 :  well-seasoned meat and vegetables cooked in a thick sauce

  2. 2 :  mixture, mélange

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Examples of ragout in a Sentence

  1. the movie is an uncertain ragout of fantasy, science fiction, and old-fashioned romance

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Did You Know?

If you need an English word that can refer to either a combination of food items or a random assortment of things, there's no shortage of options on the menu. If you're in the mood for a stew, there's hodgepodge (formerly "hotchpotch"), olla podrida, or gallimaufry. Perhaps you'd rather start with a palate cleanser, like macédoine or salmagundi. We also have gumbo or jambalaya, if Southern cooking is more your thing, or smorgasbord if you prefer words of Swedish descent. Then there's ragout, which comes from French ragoûter, meaning "to revive the taste," and ultimately from Latin gustus, meaning "taste."

Origin and Etymology of ragout

French ragoût, from ragoûter to revive the taste, from Middle French ragouster, from re- + a- ad- (from Latin ad-) + goust taste, from Latin gustus; akin to Latin gustare to taste — more at choose


RAGOUT Defined for English Language Learners

ragout

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Definition of ragout for English Language Learners

  • : a stew of meat, vegetables, and spices



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