Definition of soupçon
: a little bit : trace a soupçon of suspicion
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Examples of soupçon in a sentence
Add just a soupçon of salt.
the book is filled with cynicism and sarcasm, along with a soupçon of existentialist angst
Did You Know?
Culinary enthusiasts may think "soupçon" originated with a dash of garlic in the coq au vin or a splash of vanilla in the crème anglaise, but the etymology of the word has more to do with inklings and suspicions than with food. Sometime in the 18th century, English speakers borrowed "soupçon" from the French, who were using the word to mean "drop," "touch," or "suspicion." The Old French form of the word was "sospeçon," which in turn comes from the Latin forms suspection- and suspectio. Etymologists have further traced the word's Latin ancestry to the verb suspicere, meaning "to suspect." "Suspicere," as you might expect, is also the source of the English words "suspect" and "suspicion."
Origin and Etymology of soupçon
French, literally, suspicion, from Old French sospeçon, from Latin suspection-, suspectio, from Latin suspicere to suspect — more at suspect
First Known Use: 1766
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: a small amount of something
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