ratatouille

noun
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 This countrified take on a traditional quiche gets a good head start by using the ratatouille above as the main filling. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Veggies galore: The joy of meatless meals," 23 June 2020 The classic Provençal dish ratatouille marries eggplant, zucchini and tomato into a chunky stew tasting of France. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Make grilled vegetables the star (or side) attraction for your Memorial Day cookout," 20 May 2020 Loulou Serving French classics like ratatouille, duck confit, steak frites, charcuterie, a raw-bar selection and, for brunch, croissant French toast, this place is the very definition of a neighborhood bistro. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Peak, With 101st-Floor Views, Opens in Hudson Yards," 3 Mar. 2020 Bon Appétit’s informal tutorial videos for recipes that range from hibiscus cocktails to classic ratatouille make meals that seem out of your wheelhouse look simple. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "12 Free Things to Watch, Listen to, and Learn in Quarantine," 8 Apr. 2020 At dinner, short ribs show up on ratatouille and a ring of designer grits. Washington Post, "At two hotel restaurants, there’s room for improvement," 9 Jan. 2020 When the snobby critic Anton Ego eats Remy the rat’s deconstructed, fancy ratatouille and the flavors flash him back to his childhood and his mother serving him ratatouille after he’s fallen off his bike. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Creamy-Sour Soup I Need On All Sick Days (And Winter, In General)," 24 Feb. 2020 There's a succulent chicken on the menu with smoked ratatouille on a goat cheese polenta base that's quite delicious. Outdoors, there are tables and greenery, quiet large fans to make a breeze, and Downtown views. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Interesting history, amazing rooftop at The View at Shires' Garden," 22 July 2019 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

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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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“Ratatouille.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratatouille. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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ratatouille

noun
How to pronounce ratatouille (audio)

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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