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Definition of soy

1 or chiefly British soya \ ˈsȯi-​ə How to pronounce soy (audio) \ : 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 milksoy proteina soy latte [=a latte made with soy milk]
2 : a food product made from or containing soy beans: such as
a : soy sauce Roy Choi, the Los Angeles restaurateur, advises sneaking a pat of butter and a splash of soy into instant ramen.— Sam Sifton
b : 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 Many babies have food sensitivities, so be sure their probiotic is free from common allergens like gluten, milk, eggs, fish/shellfish, nuts and soy. Ana Sanchez,, "The best baby probiotic," 5 Apr. 2021 After a quick run in the air fryer ($115, Walmart), the tofu beautifully absorbed the homemade sweet ginger-soy glaze. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Freezing Tofu Is the Key to Achieve an Astonishing Meat-Like Texture," 31 Mar. 2021 There, these algae feed additives can be churned into the cows’ grain and soy feed. Jan Dutkiewicz, Wired, "Want Carbon-Neutral Cows? Algae Isn’t the Answer," 17 Mar. 2021 The new outbreak has pressured U.S. soy prices—particularly for soymeal, commonly used as animal feed. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, "Swine Fever Resurgence Damps Hopes for U.S. Soybean Farmers," 16 Mar. 2021 Transfer to a small serving bowl and then stir in the sunflower oil, sesame oil and soy sauce. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "5 fun facts about S.F.'s Chinatown from the triumphant new Mister Jiu's cookbook," 16 Mar. 2021 So 76-year-old Janet Cron — who owns a soy farm in Flaxton, N.D., and drives to Arizona for the winter — signed up for the Moderna vaccine. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: What we’re looking forward to," 12 Mar. 2021 Prices for soy and corn, two of the largest cash crops in the U.S., suffered slightly, falling below $9 and above $3 a bushel respectively during the pandemic. NBC News, "Farmers in charge of keeping America fed say the past year has been 'feast or famine'," 12 Mar. 2021 Just beyond their 7,000-square mile territory, cattle ranchers and soy planters have razed much of the forest. New York Times, "There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of soy

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for soy

Japanese shōyu

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10 Apr 2021

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“Soy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of soy

: soybeans and the food products that are made from soybeans

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