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


a serving of chocolate soufflé

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But becoming a mother to Marnie is going to require more than simply slipping into another character or whipping up a cheeseburger souffle for dinner. Nina Metz,, "‘Claws’ Episode 3 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Russian Navy’ and the sinking of the S.S. Jen," 25 June 2018 The original State Street restaurant does not use carts any longer, but does offer a full dessert menu, including a souffle for two ($19.50). Louisa Chu,, "Conjuring the dessert cart, one fantastical bite at a time," 25 June 2018 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

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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 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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to make or get by devious means

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