\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.

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The folks behind this fully vegan (also mostly gluten-, nut-, and soy-free) creamery makes all their scoops in-house at their adorable Hollywood shop. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where to Find Dairy-Free and Vegan Ice Cream in L.A.," 13 June 2018 Suitable for vegans, this dairy-free, soy-free powder is made with 13 raw, sprouted proteins for 22 grams of protein a serving. Korin Miller, Allure, "Do You Need Protein Powder Supplements? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 27 Apr. 2018 The Cacao Coconut and Cinnamon Vanilla Bean flavors are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "The Best New Packaged Foods for Athletes," 30 Mar. 2018 Both flavors are vegan-friendly, soy-free, made with coconut milk, and contain 12 grams of protein per pint. Blake Bakkila,, "Halo Top Just Released Two New Dairy-Free and Vegan Flavors," 30 Jan. 2018 The only nutrition that works is dairy-free and soy-free breast milk, and his mom doesn't have enough. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Boy's Rare Condition Stops Him From Eating, But You Can Help," 1 Dec. 2016 The green phoenix roll was a poetic beauty of delightfully crunchy tempura shrimp, wrapped in soy paper with salmon and avocado. Tim Smith,, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 The bowls are refreshing and a little spicy, and come with a ginger-soy dressing that adds both sweetness and salt. Allison Steele,, "Vegan 'poke' bowls with mango and beets," 12 July 2018 Last year, soy growers in the United States sold nearly one-third of their harvest to China. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Stock market shrugs off Trump's trade war," 10 July 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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