ra·​ta·​tou·​ille ˌra-ˌta-ˈtwē How to pronounce ratatouille (audio)
: a seasoned stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Try the mouthful with Piccolina’s ratatouille, each bite of which goes down like summer in Provence. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 Rather than be offended, Ego is transported, back to his own childhood when, after a fall, his mother comforts him with a bowl of her homemade ratatouille. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 3 Oct. 2022 One highlight was making ratatouille — again, inspired by a movie. Beni Marquez, oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2022 Everyone enjoyed a lunch of ratatouille and chocolate mouse at a table adorned with grapefruit-sized peonies and dahlias. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 16 June 2022 Romeo is from the street in Paris that hosted the famous Gusteau's Restaurant, home of Remy's fantastic ratatouille. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Among so many heavy hitters featuring beef and poultry in the French culinary tradition, there is still one famous entrée suitable for vegetarians: ratatouille. Foren Clark, CNN, 30 May 2022 Like the summer succotash of the American South or the ratatouille of France, vignarola is a vegetable stew that, in its ideal form, is radiant with freshness. Bee Wilson, WSJ, 14 May 2022 That would include smaller cuts such as lamb chops, which will be served with ratatouille. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, "dish of chopped food, stew" (18th century), noun derivative crossing ratouiller "to agitate (water), stir, shake" and tatouiller "to shake, beat, handle excessively," both expressive forms of touiller "to stir," going back to Old French tooillier "to agitate, stir up, soil" — more at toil entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ratatouille was circa 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Ratatouille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratatouille. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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