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

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Place the asparagus on your plate, spoon over some saffron-chive vinaigrette and top with hot scallops. 13. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "The Sea Grill's Grilled Day Boat Sea Scallops," 1 May 2010 Servings of saffron risotto, sea bass, and chocolate gâteau circulated the room, and afterwards, guests were treated to a talk by Deneuve herself, who waxed nostalgic about her days wearing Saint Laurent and the man himself. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Catherine Deneuve Is Feted by Saint Laurent's Anthony Vaccarello With a Dinner in Paris," 22 Jan. 2019 The menu consists of Northern Italian comfort foods, from veal osso bucco with saffron risotto to perfectly crisp chicken Milanese, and there’s a perfect wine for every dish. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Italian Restaurants in New York," 27 Feb. 2018 These wines merge savory and fruity flavors perfectly, with a mix of heady saffron and ginger flavors mixing with ripe, lush stone fruit. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018 There's risotto alla Milanese, the city's iconic saffron and bone marrow rice dish, best eaten at the canal-front El Brellín. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Milan from $420 Round-Trip," 17 Aug. 2018 For proof, look no further than his own bedroom, coated a brilliant saffron. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Jared Hughes Dreams (and Designs) in Color," 1 Dec. 2018 Add tomatoes with their juice, bell pepper, broth, saffron, cumin and pepper flakes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 Add tomatoes with their juice, bell pepper, broth, saffron, cumin and pepper flakes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018

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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

noun

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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