ratatouille

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noun ra·ta·tou·ille \ˌra-ˌta-ˈtwē, ˌrä-ˌtä-, -ˈtü-ē\

Definition of ratatouille

  1. :  a seasoned stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat

Origin and Etymology of ratatouille

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 2toil


First Known Use: circa 1877


RATATOUILLE Defined for English Language Learners

ratatouille

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noun ra·ta·tou·ille \ˌra-ˌta-ˈtwē, ˌrä-ˌtä-, -ˈtü-ē\

Definition of ratatouille for English Language Learners

  • : a thick stew that is made of vegetables (such as eggplant, tomatoes, and squash) and sometimes meat


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