Definition of ratatouille
: a seasoned stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat
Recent Examples of ratatouille from the Web
Counter-service, grab-and-go items include pain au chocolate, bagged granola and brioche buns at breakfast, and salads, sandwiches (including a ratatouille tartine) and a quiche-of-the-day at lunch and dinner.
Oysters, plucked from beds a few hundred yards away, follow, as does salt-baked loup de mer next to a Proustian ratatouille that, like the cheese finale at Camellas, continues to haunt months later.
Think pastries and granola at breakfast, ratatouille tartine and salads at lunch and dinner.
Just to name a few: Frozen, broke the record for highest-grossing animated film, the world's largest serving of ratatouille was made at Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney himself has had the most Oscar nominations for a single person.
From torte to ratatouille, Tuesday's lunch in New York City was made entirely from food that would have been thrown out.
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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 1877See Words from the same year
RATATOUILLE Defined for English Language Learners
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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