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 For pescatarians, pan-seared monkfish with a spring vegetable ragout and olive dressing is a must. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Go to Arcoriccardo ristorante for awesome pasta dishes like macaroni with red shrimp, or egg pasta with sea bass ragout, rocket pesto and armagnac, but be sure to see the Roman ruins beneath the floor and an arch outside to inside. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The lollipop shape contains a mix of nutmeg, ragout sauce and lasagna distillate covered in a béchamel gel that creates a whitish coating of puffed, crispy egg pasta powder. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Expect anything from rabbit leg, mushroom ragout, and leek soup with pear to curveball desserts such as pumpkin mousse, marshmallow ice cream, and caramel popcorn. Nicola Leigh Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2021 More rich, complex, and spicier, this wine might be more appropriate for meat and mushroom ragout pasta plates. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The first one was flavors from Provence, which included eggplant caviar, pesto soup, lamb ragout with olives and lavender créme brûlée. Ann Abel, Forbes, 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, 15 Jan. 2021 To make the mushroom ragout: In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, 15 Jan. 2021 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Ragout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ragout. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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