ragout

noun
ra·gout | \ra-ˈgü \

Definition of ragout 

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

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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."

Examples of ragout in a Sentence

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

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Tangles of tagliatelle are nicely al dente but oversauced in a creamy beef and pork ragout. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Saba is stealthy Italian that might surprise traditionalists," 31 May 2018 Choices include quenelles of pike with lobster sauce, vichyssoise, gnocchi parisienne, rabbit ragout and skate amandine. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Le Bouchon celebrates 25th anniversary with $38 menu," 6 June 2018 More recently, poached nettles and a vivid orange swipe of harissa spice paste with a toothy green garbazo ragout gave an aromatic North African lift to the sweetly gamy meat. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Storied Bucks County inn now a destination for dinner," 3 May 2018 Like fava beans and peas, fresh chickpeas can be used in a variety of dishes ranging from salads to soups, stews and spring ragouts. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Culinary SOS: Make the fresh chickpea hummus from Rooftop by JG in Beverly Hills," 18 Apr. 2018 Layers of duck, two kinds of sausage, a hearty ragout, and beans make this the comfort meal to end all comfort meals. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "65 Easter Dinner Recipes That Aren’t Just Ham," 23 Mar. 2018 In fact, the menu at his school, Thomas’s Battersea, reads more like a five-star restaurant with options like lamb ragout with garlic and fresh herbs and freshly prepared salmon fillet with salsa verdi. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Says Prince George & Princess Charlotte 'Really Enjoy Making' Pizza Dough Together," 23 Mar. 2018 In the seafood and meat section, there is a rustic beef short rib and mushroom ragout ($28), and octopus a la plancha ($31) mixed with butter beans, blood oranges and kale chips. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Among top San Francisco destination restaurants, the Progress is better than ever," 14 Mar. 2018 Add leeks to stews or ragouts, or get creative, incorporating the vegetable in a savory panna cotta, or thinly sliced and fried for a crunchy garnish. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Soups, gratins, panna cotta and more great recipe ideas for leeks, now in season," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ragout

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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ragout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ragout

: a stew of meat, vegetables, and spices

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