souf·​flé | \sü-ˈflā, 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, ˈsü-ˌflād\
variants: or souffléed

Definition of soufflé (Entry 2 of 2)

: puffed up by or in cooking

Examples of soufflé in a Sentence


a serving of chocolate soufflé

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Finish off with the Grand Marnier souffle, slow-cooked strawberries with lavender or warm chocolate tart. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 For anyone questioning if bravery is too grand a word, imagine competing in a baking contest and handing three accomplished pastry chefs who had just judged souffles a plate of Rice Krispies treats. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "An artful display of permanent regrets," 6 June 2018 Make date night easy with dinner for two ($130), featuring onion soup or house salad, Chateaubriand with two sides and Zinc souffle for dessert. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 This concoction was a delicious souffle of equal parts humor and poignance. Dan Cryer, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Italian Teacher,’ by Tom Rachman," 28 Mar. 2018 Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp, grilled Angus beef and chocolate souffle with cherry vanilla ice cream were on the menu. Sprays of roses in shades of pink, cream and melon spruced up Statuary Hall, the otherwise drab venue. Darlene Superville, ELLE Decor, "Meet The Trump Staffer Behind The White House Easter Egg Roll," 17 Apr. 2017 Herb & Wood in Little Italy will serve a brunch menu with dishes like Dutch baby souffle pancakes, jamon iberico Benedict, scallop ceviche and lobster thermidor. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Carolina Gusman,, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 The flaky cheddar biscuit sandwich ($10) combined savory and sweet with bacon jam spread across egg souffle. Lauren Delgado,, "Winter Park's Glass Knife serves up nostalgia with that slice of cake," 19 Jan. 2018 Harbor House at Seaport Village will serve a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet that includes dishes like strawberry spinach salad, Danish pastries and muffins, French toast souffle, omelet bar, turkey carving station and a full dessert bar. Carolina Gusman,, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018

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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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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 \

Medical Definition of souffle 

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

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