\ ˈsȯi How to pronounce soy (audio) \

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 How to pronounce soya (audio) \ : 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 Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the pork, shrimp, green onions, garlic, rice wine, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Chinese New Year recipe: Easy dumplings symbolize wealth and prosperity," 1 Feb. 2020 The primary ingredients in the Impossible pork products are mostly the same as what’s in the Impossible Burgers — water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil and natural flavors. Washington Post, "Impossible Foods is finally making a new fake meat: Pork," 7 Jan. 2020 The new Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage will also be based on a soy protein, the company said at the CES show in Las Vegas. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Waymo Is Still an Expensive Science Project in Search of a Business," 7 Jan. 2020 Top five ingredients: Water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil and natural flavors., "Plant-based meat burst onto the international stage this year, with a dramatic IPO from Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger making its way into 17,000 restaurants in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao, and retail outlets such as Wegmans, Gelson’s and Fairway Market.," 24 Oct. 2019 Our powder lightener is packed with healthy hair ingredients like coconut oil and soy protein to keep the integrity of your hair. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Hayley Williams Debuts Blonde-and-Auburn Split Hair Color," 18 Sep. 2019 Soylent’s are made up largely of soy protein, maltodextrin, and sunflower oil. Alex Kuczynski, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Silicon Valley's Dangerous New Obsession With Fasting," 17 Aug. 2019 The Beyond Burger is made with ingredients like peas, mung beans and rice while the Impossible Burger includes soy protein concentrate, coconut oil and sunflower oil. CBS News, "Are plant-based meats actually healthier than meat?," 3 July 2019 The Impossible Burger is made with soy protein, and the Beyond Burger is made with pea protein. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants make room on menus for new ‘plant-based’ burgers," 27 June 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Soy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of soy

: soybeans and the food products that are made from soybeans

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