\ˈsüp \

Definition of soup 

1 : a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food

2 : something (such as a heavy fog or nitroglycerine) having or suggesting the consistency or nutrient qualities of soup

3 : an unfortunate predicament that stunt landed her in the soup

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Synonyms for soup


fog, haze, mist, murk, reek, smog

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Examples of soup in a Sentence

in soup like this, amateur pilots can easily become disoriented

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The soups include lobster bisque and baked French onion. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Public Landing in Lockport," 8 July 2018 In real life, however, the foam mixed with the sweet beverage in a way that mimicked the cloudy look of egg drop soup. Olivia Harrison,, "We Tried Starbucks' New Cold Foam Tea Lemonades & Here's What We Thought," 22 June 2018 Atwater’s, the Baltimore-area restaurants and carryouts that specialize in soup, sandwiches, salad, cheese and other food, switched from plastic straws to paper about two months ago. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli is a restaurant chain known for sandwiches, baked potatoes, soups, salads and desserts. Jennie Key,, "Lots of options: West Siders have eat-out options and more are coming," 13 July 2018 Menu price range: soups, sides and sandwiches $3-$9; savory potpies and quiche $7-$12; slices of pie and whole pies $3.95-$21. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018 Alternatively, puree soup in batches in a blender or food processor. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Silky Sweet Corn Soup with Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney," 11 July 2018 For dinner, warm up with a bowl of French onion soup ($9.25) a house specialties like duck confit with fries ($18.25 leg, $19.25 breast) or beef bourguignon with tagliatelle pasta ($16.95). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 In 25 years as a food safety attorney, Marler’s seen how the sausage – and soup, salad, steak, etc. David J. Neal, charlotteobserver, "Nine things a food safety lawyer won’t eat, at home or in a restaurant," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of soup

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soup

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

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Phrases Related to soup

condensed soup

in the soup

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

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English Language Learners Definition of soup

: a food made by cooking vegetables, meat, or fish in a large amount of liquid


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Kids Definition of soup

: a liquid food made by cooking vegetables, meat, or fish in a large amount of liquid

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