ra·​ta·​tou·​ille | \ ˌra-ˌta-ˈtwē How to pronounce ratatouille (audio) , ˌrä-ˌtä-, -ˈtü-ē \

Definition of ratatouille

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

Examples of ratatouille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The three-course menu features halibut en papillote, pork jowl and Top of the Rock's version of ratatouille. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "It's almost Arizona Restaurant Week. Here are 10 metro Phoenix restaurants worth trying," 13 Sep. 2019 From baba to eggplant parm, ratatouille and fritters, these are our favorite eggplant recipes to cook any time of the year. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appétit, "Beyond Baba Ghanoush: 32 of Our Favorite Eggplant Recipes," 19 Aug. 2019 Entree options include short rib with spaetzle, grilled octopus, salmon with apricot quinoa or herb lemon chicken breast with spaghetti squash and ratatouille. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 The menu includes ratatouille with poached eggs and speck, deviled eggs with pork belly rillettes, and avocado toast with six-minute egg. Hadley Tomicki, latimes.com, "Tacos 1986 opens in DTLA; Goat Mafia drops in on Echo Park," 24 June 2019 The second course options are prime beef short ribs with eggplant caviar and ratatouille, the fish of the day with cauliflower hummus or a vegetable medley with cauliflower hummus. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Ring in the Jewish New Year with these Rosh Hashana specials," 18 Sep. 2017 Globetrotters and French expats flock here for the ratatouille dumplings, Nutella balls, and Ksumi teas, taking Man Mo from neighborhood bistro to international must-do. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Dim Sum Spots in Hong Kong," 5 Mar. 2018 Pick your entree, such as sauteed salmon with ratatouille, duck confit with gratin dauphinois or beef pepper steak with sauteed potatoes and onions. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Zinc Bistro Tempting starters include pork belly with vegetable ratatouille ($16); and Creekstone steak tartare served with Noble anchovy toast ($18). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of ratatouille

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 toil entry 2

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The first known use of ratatouille was circa 1877

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14 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Ratatouille.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratatouille. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of ratatouille

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

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