: a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food
: something (such as a heavy fog or nitroglycerine) having or suggesting the consistency or nutrient qualities of soup
: an unfortunate predicament
that stunt landed her in the soup

Examples of soup in a Sentence

in soup like this, amateur pilots can easily become disoriented
Recent Examples on the Web This cookbook is full of delicious recipes including Owl Post savory crepes, Hagrid’s hearty soup, Draco Malfoy blondies, and more. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 The volunteers returned later with a second meal of hot soup and beans. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Well known for favorite island dishes like conch fritters and Callaloo soup, Miss Lucy's also serves up a signature grouper Reuben sandwich worth crossing the island for. Carley Rojas Avila, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 On top of all that it can be used to make smoothies and soups, too. Jaina Grey, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 All leftovers should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees; and sauces, soups, and gravies should come to a rolling boil while reheating. Korin Miller, Health, 24 Nov. 2023 Use it to put the finishing touch to meats, soups, salads, and stews. Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 In the winter, warm up with soup and wild boar stew at a communal table in the seasonal pop-up wooden shack. Lane Nieset, Vogue, 14 Nov. 2023 What's the difference between onion soup and French onion soup? Melissa Gray, Southern Living, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English soupe, from Anglo-French supe sop, soup, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse soppa soup, Old English sopp — more at sup

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of soup was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a liquid food with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food
: something like or suggesting soup (as a heavy fog)

from early French supe "soup"; of Germanic origin

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