or chiefly British soya : soybean
Products that contain isoflavones—and are commonly called phytoestrogens—come from plants and legumes (such as soy), and show promise for decreasing hot flashes and may improve cholesterol.Michelle P. Warren
Producing meat in this ever-more crowded world requires creating new pastures and planting more land for imported feeds, particularly soy, instead of relying on local grazing.The New York Times
often used before another noun
soy milk
soy protein
a soy latte [=a latte made with soy milk]
: a food product made from or containing soy beans: such as
: soy sauce
Roy Choi, the Los Angeles restaurateur, advises sneaking a pat of butter and a splash of soy into instant ramen.Sam Sifton
: tofu, bean curd
In this narrow slice of a restaurant, house-made fried tofu in three flavors … draws crowds for good reason: The shop renders soy into cubes as light and fluffy as scrambled eggs.Washingtonian

Examples of soy in a Sentence

His book promotes the health benefits of soy. The recipe calls for two tablespoons of soy.
Recent Examples on the Web One room features warming tables disguised as kitchen sinks that hold sculptures — a house, a church, shops — made of melting soy wax. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Choline supplements come in various forms, including phosphatidylcholine, which is choline attached to a phospholipid (a lipid (fat) that contains phosphorus) from soy lecithin or egg yolk. Sarah Anzlovar, Ms, Rd, Verywell Health, 4 June 2024 The bowls start with a choice of a sorbet-like food that’s free of gluten, soy, dairy and refined sugar. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 4 May 2024 Vegan sources are usually from pea protein, hemp, soy, and combinations that include nut and seed protein. Melissa Nieves, Verywell Health, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for soy 

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Word History


Japanese shōyu

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of soy was in 1696

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“Soy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soy. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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