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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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Synonyms for soup


brume, fog, gauze, 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 downside: The artwork on the cards is a bit too painterly to be clear to the youngest chefs, and onion soup is a hard-sell to young eaters. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste Off: The best cooking kits for kids," 26 Aug. 2019 For $5, visitors can visit participating restaurants or American Legion and VFW groups, sample their crab soup and vote for their favorite. Erika Butler,, "Havre de Grace to host first Waterfront Festival with public art unveiling, fireworks," 22 Aug. 2019 Pumpkin soup is smooth and lush, its richness derived from caramelization rather than abundance of cream. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Faced with a food court that lacked variety, Shirk and co-workers often left the mall for lunch at nearby Olive Garden and its $3.99 soup, salad and breadsticks special. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "'Stranger Things 3' depicts frightful '80s mall culture in Indiana. These people lived it," 4 July 2019 Sales in Campbell’s meals and beverages division, which includes its namesake soups, long the company’s profit engine, were comparable to last year’s. Harold Brubaker,, "Shares spike, but Campbell Soup’s earnings offer little to cheer about," 5 June 2019 Bua Siam’s tom yum soup is as great as promised, and different than the versions found on most L.A. menus; instead of spotlighting chicken or seafood, the emphasis is on three preparations of pork. Rico Gagliano, Los Angeles Magazine, "Searching for L.A.’s Best Thai Soup in a San Fernando Valley Strip Mall Called Armenia," 3 May 2018 The lunch menu will feature homemade beef, barley and vegetable soup; a meatless version; crusty bread; and dessert., "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 22 Aug. 2019 Start your meal with chicken larb or namsod (ground chicken or pork with spices and veggies served in cabbage cups), and don’t forget a cup of the restaurant’s special spicy coconut soup. al, "Take a culinary tour of the world in Crestline Village," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of soup

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


\ ˈsüp How to pronounce soup (audio) \

Kids Definition of soup

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

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