ra·​gout | \ ra-ˈgü How to pronounce ragout (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The first one was flavors from Provence, which included eggplant caviar, pesto soup, lamb ragout with olives and lavender créme brûlée. Ann Abel, Forbes, "Why Luxury Food Delivery Is Worth It: 7 Top Restaurants In Lisbon," 10 Mar. 2021 The recipe, which is much more of a meat ragout than a sauce—name notwithstanding—depends on hours of cooking to break down the ingredients and quietly push them together to form a happy, concentrated mix. Kate Krader, Bloomberg.com, "A Star Chef Breaks the Rules With a One-Hour Bolognese Sauce," 15 Jan. 2021 To make the mushroom ragout: In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Mushroom ragout transforms cheesy polenta into a comforting 'pot pie'," 15 Jan. 2021 Meals that sound familiar today—such as a mushroom ragout or an artichoke, leek and goat-cheese tart—were revelatory then. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "Vegetarian Chef Deborah Madison Doesn’t Like to Preach," 11 Dec. 2020 Wild boar and sweet pepper ragout is served over mafalde pasta with eggplant, pecans and herbs. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Gambit's 2020 Fall Dining Guide: Where to eat in the New Orleans area amid new reopening phase," 12 Oct. 2020 Entrees change every week and include dishes like this week’s torn gnocchi with pig tail ragout, topped with curls of summer squash and caramelized zucchini. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Celebration takeout: Right now is the perfect time to try 5 top Dallas restaurants at home," 7 May 2020 The chicken ragout was recommended by our affable and attentive server and did not disappoint. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Das ist gut! Gasthaus serves up 100% authentic German deliciousness in Louisville," 16 Oct. 2019 Duck confit was an ample leg quarter — the kitchen uses Muscovy ducks sourced from Canada — its salty, fatty unctuousness well suited to a tart cranberry ragout and a red-wine reduction sharpened with black pepper. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Now in its third home, Metro Bis in Simsbury offers five-star harmony of setting, service and food," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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3 May 2021

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“Ragout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragout. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ragout

: a stew of meat, vegetables, and spices

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