sau·​er·​bra·​ten ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌbrä-tᵊn How to pronounce sauerbraten (audio)
: oven-roasted or pot-roasted beef marinated before cooking in vinegar with peppercorns, garlic, onions, and bay leaves

Examples of sauerbraten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How the unfried dumplings and sauerbraten were a taste of German roots for my great-great-grandmother Julia and her kin. Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2022 These items include the pork schnitzel sandwich, sauerbraten, Hofbrau beer cheeseburger and Krautwickel Deutsche Wurst, as well as 20 Oktoberfest beers. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2021 Savor schnitzels, sausages, sauerbraten, pretzels and more – lederhosen optional. Andrea McHugh and Julie Loffredi, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 Aficionados of authentic German fare know their schnitzel, rouladen, sauerbraten and schweinsbraten, too. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2020 But in the warm-weather months, the pretty and spacious Biergarten is the place to dig into sausages, smoked fish, sauerbraten, pretzels and other beer-friendly fare. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 4 Sep. 2020 The cookies dissolved into a silky sauce that’s a little lighter in color than traditional sauerbraten gravy, but still full of potent flavor. Paul Stephen,, 19 Feb. 2020 There’s also tons of live entertainment on the schedule, as well as authentic German food, beer and wine, including jagerschnitzel, brats and sauerkraut and sauerbraten. Sarah Kuta, The Know, 13 Sep. 2019 Foods include sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel and a German sausage platter. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


German, from sauer sour + Braten roast meat

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sauerbraten was in 1889

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“Sauerbraten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


sau·​er·​bra·​ten ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌbrät-ᵊn How to pronounce sauerbraten (audio)
: beef soaked in vinegar and seasonings before being roasted

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