souf·​flé | \ sü-ˈflā How to pronounce soufflé (audio) , ˈsü-ˌflā \

Definition of soufflé

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dish that is made from a sauce, egg yolks, beaten egg whites, and a flavoring or purée (as of seafood, fruit, or vegetables) and baked until puffed up


\ sü-ˈflād How to pronounce soufflé (audio) , ˈsü-ˌflād \
variants: or souffléed

Definition of soufflé (Entry 2 of 2)

: puffed up by or in cooking

Examples of soufflé in a Sentence

Noun a serving of chocolate soufflé
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The grocery chain has a full Thanksgiving meal ready to go featuring a turkey or ham, green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, 12 rolls, traditional dressing and a pumpkin pie. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "From Denny's to Cracker Barrel, here are options for your pandemic Thanksgiving meal," 22 Nov. 2020 The butter sauce can be made while the souffle is baking. Christian Reynoso,, "This bright seafood souffle is a celebratory meal to raise spirits for New Year’s," 29 Dec. 2020 Carrot souffle perfected by Picadilly, Ruth's Chris decadent sweet potato casserole, Chef Kenneth Temple's easy collard greens and more. Annette Sisco,, "Guide to Thanksgiving recipes in New Orleans: Dressings, sides, gumbo, pies and more," 11 Nov. 2020 So along with a turkey, Bryant will make her grandmother’s sweet potato souffle, and fingerling potatoes with tender asparagus. Melissa Rayworth, Anchorage Daily News, "Rethinking the holidays: Traditions, change are on the table," 17 Oct. 2020 So along with a turkey, Bryant will make her grandmother's sweet potato souffle, and fingerling potatoes with tender asparagus. Melissa Rayworth, Star Tribune, "Rethinking the holidays: Traditions, change are on the table," 15 Oct. 2020 Simply open the two latches and watch the tent rise like a souffle. Washington Post, "In a Dark Sky park in Pennsylvania, reaching for the stars from a rooftop tent," 17 July 2020 Harris, who hadn't cooked a single thing before the camp and didn't even know where the grater was until a week ago, can now make even more difficult dishes, like a souffle. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "These parents created a 'Common Sense Camp' to teach their kids basic life skills while quarantining," 27 June 2020 Le Cirque was famed for its decadent Grand Marnier souffles and terrines of rabbit rillette. Mark Kennedy,, "Sirio Maccioni, who opened famed eatery Le Cirque, dies," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of soufflé


1813, in the meaning defined above


1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soufflé


French, from soufflé, past participle of souffler to blow, puff up, from Old French sufler, from Latin sufflare, from sub- + flare to blow — more at blow

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The first known use of soufflé was in 1813

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19 Jan 2021

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“Soufflé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soufflé

: a food that is made with eggs, flour, and other ingredients (such as cheese, vegetables, fruit, or chocolate) and that is baked until its top rises and it becomes very light and fluffy


souf·​fle | \ ˈsü-fəl How to pronounce souffle (audio) \

Medical Definition of souffle

: a blowing sound heard on auscultation the uterine souffle heard in pregnancy

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