\ 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 The only thing better than topping a toasty potato with a pat of butter? Spiking that butter with hot honey, Calabrian chiles, harissa and fresh mint, or perhaps an ultra-savory mashup of lime juice, tahini, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "5 Ways to Zhuzh Up the Sweet Potatoes in Your Pantry," 3 Apr. 2020 The book showcases photographs of 250 striking objects: lacquered chopsticks, bento boxes, stainless steel teapots, calligraphy brushes, Shoji sliding doors, Sori Yanagi butterfly stools, Issey Miyake kimonos, and Kikkoman soy sauce bottles. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Books to Read if You're Dreaming of Japan," 30 Mar. 2020 Flat rice noodles are wok-fried with shrimp, squid, egg, bean sprouts, soy sauce, and chili paste, eliciting a hard-to-place charred taste that’s insanely addictive. al, "How to spend 24 hours on Buford Highway in Atlanta," 25 Mar. 2020 Selling points Vegan, soy-free, non-G.M.O. Price About $4.25 for two four-ounce patties. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "How Do the New Plant-Based Burgers Stack Up? We Taste-Tested Them," 22 Oct. 2019 Bonus points to Fields for being sensitive to those with food allergies and dietary restrictions, giving home chefs options to cook nut-free, oil-free and soy-free. Nicole Spector, NBC News, "10 best cookbooks for fall 2019," 18 Oct. 2019 When possible, the dishes are gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO and organic. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "12 vegan and vegetarian restaurants you need to check out," 6 Sep. 2019 The company serves a range of diets, including vegetarian, vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and nut-free options. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Rush Bowls, a Colorado meals-in-a-bowl concept, to debut in Houston," 21 Aug. 2019 All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 6 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'soy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of soy

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soy

Japanese shōyu

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about soy

Statistics for soy

Last Updated

7 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Soy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for soy


How to pronounce soy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of soy

: soybeans and the food products that are made from soybeans

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on soy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with soy

Spanish Central: Translation of soy

Nglish: Translation of soy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of soy for Arabic Speakers

Comments on soy

What made you want to look up soy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!