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 Known as Japanese pancakes or souffle pancakes, the breakfast offering has enthralled countless on Instagram, as well as restaurants across the country. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Wildly popular Jiggly Japanese Pancakes make debut at Houston hot spot," 25 Nov. 2019 Lightly coat a 2-quart high-sided baking dish, such as a souffle dish, with butter. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "This creamy pumpkin spoon bread flirts with sweet and savory," 29 Oct. 2019 Which is what happens when the foam/souffle goes into the oven. Martha Holmberg, Twin Cities, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Which is what happens when the foam/souffle goes into the oven. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Go for the chocolate souffle, the intricacies of its flavor teased out by chartreuse ice cream. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 Pack a picnic, or shell out around $45 for La Mere Poulard’s famous omelet, which is more like a souffle. Debra Bruno, Washington Post, "See the light: Instead of joining the throngs on Mont Saint-Michel, go to Saint-Malo," 8 Aug. 2019 Will a lack of gravity allow us to one day make a space souffle that never collapses? Mika Mckinnon, Quartz, "Astronauts will bake cookies in space to see how they cook in zero gravity," 1 Aug. 2019 The French-Continental restaurant Chantilly served steaks and veal napped in rich sauces, baked Alaska and dessert souffles in its stately dining rooms. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Selby’s retro-glam supper club sets July 23 opening in Atherton," 18 July 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

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“Soufflé.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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