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 Still, Kardashian has drawn ire from conservators for wearing the dress, which is made of souffle and embroidered with heavy beadwork, at all. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 6 May 2022 These super fluffy, extra-tall beauties have taken Instagram by storm thanks to their souffle-like structure and texture, created by using egg whites in a meringue that's added to the batter. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 Monroe’s gown, the most expensive dress ever sold at auction, is made of a delicate fabric called souffle. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Starters include hamachi with avocado, black radish and yuzu dressing, foie gras torchon with date-lemon chutney, Comte souffle with caviar, and a duck terrine with pistachios and bacon. William Li, Town & Country, 22 Apr. 2022 The souffle-like lift comes from whisking the yolks and whites separately, before gently folding them together. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 Here’s the spot to find a lighter-than-usual chocolate souffle, a seductive tarte tatin and a dessert that Maupillier had his colleague create to honor the owner’s mother, stuck in France for the past two years and a fan of pears Belle Helene. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Order from a bevy of fresh fish — popular dishes include the wild king salmon and Kanpachi tartare — and top it off with the persimmon souffle for dessert. Malina Saval, Variety, 6 Jan. 2022 These are the same hands that craft a souffle, the delicate dessert that requires precise cooking to turn out perfectly. Marc Bona, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Soufflé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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