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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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Examples of soup in a Sentence

in soup like this, amateur pilots can easily become disoriented
Recent Examples on the Web With people starving on Dust Bowl farms or crowding urban soup kitchens, there was little sympathy for anyone with ink stains rather than callouses on their fingers. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 15 June 2021 Administered by Fried’s agency, the program supplies food to low-income households and food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries, plus organizations that prepare food to serve to people in need. Anthony Man,, 15 June 2021 According to Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Safety Net Project, the city could instead count people at soup kitchens, churches, and other places where unhoused people already gather for food or basic services. Valeria Ricciulli, Curbed, 28 May 2021 Nearly all of the region's homeless shelters, soup kitchens and treatment centers were in or near downtown Phoenix, and the city wanted to lighten the burden on the central city. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2021 According to the study, more than 60 percent of such soup kitchens didn't get any state funding over the last year and depended on donations and the work of volunteers. Darío Klein And Rafael Romo, CNN, 3 May 2021 That's backpack programs, shelters, soup kitchens and school meal sites across nine counties. Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2021 Nugent has spent the past eight years volunteering at soup kitchens and hands-on communities to give back to the underprivileged. Roger Sands, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 The counting of homeless people by visiting shelters, soup kitchens and encampments was delayed nearly six months from March 30/April 1 to Sept. 22-25. Rich Exner, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2021

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

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19 Jun 2021

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“Soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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