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 Sports Research Evening Primrose Oil This evening primrose oil from Sports Research is a vegetarian libido supplement that doesn't contain any GMOs, gluten or soy. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 In spring training, Witt told me his two favorite sushi rolls: The Roja Roll ($12) consists of bigeye tuna, yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, soy paper and sriracha. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 4 Apr. 2024 This may be caused by a sensitivity to an ingredient in the powder, like dairy, soy, or gluten. Donavyn Coffey, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 The Boca Burger features a colorless, warmed soy patty reminiscent of the veggie burgers from the ’80s and ’90s. Danny Palumbo / The Takeout, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2024 Made of soy wax, the cube candles have a floral scent. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 These include pumpkin seeds, almonds, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, soy (tofu or edamame), and black beans. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 But Take Note This formula contains soy, so is not a safe option for infants with a soy allergy. Lainey Younkin, Ms, Rd, Parents, 15 Mar. 2024 Federal law dictates that the nine leading allergens, including peanuts and soy, be listed on food packaging when relevant. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2024

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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 16 Apr. 2024.

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