saffron

noun
saf·​fron | \ ˈsa-ˌfrän How to pronounce saffron (audio) , -frən How to pronounce saffron (audio) \

Definition of saffron

1a : the deep orange aromatic pungent dried stigmas of a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativus) used to color and flavor foods and formerly as a dyestuff and in medicine
b : the crocus supplying saffron
2 : a moderate orange to orange yellow

Examples of saffron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And with those words, which quickly permeated social media like strands of saffron into a broth, a boycott was born. Emily Heil, Houston Chronicle, "A Goya boycott has people sharing alternatives for adobo, sazón and more pantry staples," 10 July 2020 And with those words, which quickly permeated social media like strands of saffron into a broth, a boycott was born. Washington Post, "A Goya boycott has people sharing alternatives for adobo, sazón and more pantry staples," 10 July 2020 Sea bass and saffron potatoes were served, with brown-sugar shortbread and toasted meringue for dessert. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Why Andrés Manuel López Obrador Went to Dinner with Donald Trump," 9 July 2020 Stir in the rice, then pour in the rest of the hot broth with the peas and saffron. cleveland, "How to make a perfect pot of rice in a saucepan, Instant Pot or automatic cooker," 29 June 2020 While most associate saffron just with paella, Button loves to use the seasoning in her version of a traditional Spanish dessert called brazo de gitano, a sponge cake stuffed with cream. Dan Q. Dao, Saveur, "10 Essential Spanish Ingredients for Your Modern Spanish Pantry," 5 Dec. 2016 Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger adds a smidge of saffron to her pasta with cod and dazzled her family; and Kari Sonde sang the praises of harissa, offering ways to incorporate it into every day dishes. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions and talk about Juneteenth, vodka, gathering safely, this week's recipes and more!," 17 June 2020 Perhaps most promising is the Champagne Taco: white lump crab cake with lime-saffron sauce, topped with fresh cilantro. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "New brewery, tacos, coffee shop opening in downtown Huntsville," 4 June 2020 Supriya Lele gave us a cat’s cradle of sheer saffron, while Christopher Kane’s acidic gown hinted at danger. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, "The Irresistible Appeal Of A Yellow Dress," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of saffron

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for saffron

Middle English, from Anglo-French saffron, safren, from Medieval Latin safranum, from Arabic zaʽfarān

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“Saffron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saffron. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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saffron

noun
How to pronounce saffron (audio) How to pronounce saffron (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of saffron

: an orange powder that is made from a type of flower (called a crocus) and that is used to color and flavor food
: an orange to orange-yellow color

saffron

noun
saf·​fron | \ ˈsa-frən How to pronounce saffron (audio) \

Kids Definition of saffron

1 : an orange spice that is made from the dried stigmas of a crocus and is used to color or flavor foods
2 : an orange to orange yellow

saffron

noun
saf·​fron | \ ˈsaf-rän How to pronounce saffron (audio) , -rən How to pronounce saffron (audio) \

Medical Definition of saffron

1 : the deep orange aromatic pungent dried stigmas of a purple-flowered crocus used to color and flavor foods and formerly as a dyestuff and as a stimulant antispasmodic emmenagogue in medicine
2 : a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativa) that is the source of saffron

called also saffron crocus

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