\ ˈsȯi \

Definition of soy 

1 : a brown liquid sauce made by subjecting beans (such as soybeans) to long fermentation and to digestion in brine

2 or less commonly soya \ˈsȯi-ə \ : soybean

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

That’s where products like soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce and hoisin sauce come in. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 For the Peanut Sauce: 1 cup honey roasted peanuts; 1/2 cup coconut milk; 1/4 cup lime juice; 2 tsp sesame oil; 2 T tamari soy sauce. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Vegetarian Grilling Ideas Sure To Impress Even The Judge-iest BBQ Guests," 3 July 2018 Remove from heat and toss with 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (adding 1/4 cup water if dry). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Ginger Pork and Cucumber Salad," 24 Apr. 2018 Gently break yolk and add 1 teaspoon lite or reduced- sodium soy sauce to each serving. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "Shrimp and Cheesy Oats," 15 Dec. 2017 One is dressed with butter and soy sauce and tossed with pieces of sea urchin; another is sweet and simple, tangy with ketchup. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 Using Kikkoman soy sauce was the fifth-most-likely indicator at 59%. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Best Indicators of Whether You're Rich," 9 July 2018 Arrange balls on prepared sheet and brush with about one-quarter of spicy soy glaze mixture. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Vegetarian Meatballs with Soy-Honey Glaze," 7 May 2018 The porridge is made from cassava, red palm oil, sugar, salt, a soy protein concentrate and a vitamin/mineral mix, most of which are sourced in Liberia. The Washington Post,, "Could 'porridge' cure malnutrition in West Africa? Silicon Valley start-up says yes," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of soy

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soy

Japanese shōyu

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English Language Learners Definition of soy

: soybeans and the food products that are made from soybeans

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