\ 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

Finely chop the scallions and place them in a bowl along with sour cream, mayonnaise, and soy sauce and mix to combine. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "Charred Scallion Dip," 10 Apr. 2019 In Brazil, soy bean farmers exported 10 million metric tons more oil seeds than forecast last year. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shoppers Skip the Mall; Trade War Disrupts; Huawei Exports Blocked," 11 Jan. 2019 Within minutes China responded in kind, targeting a range of goods from soy beans to electric vehicles, and prompting Trump three days later to order his trade office to find another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to target. Justin Worland, Time, "Why Trump's Trade War With China Is So Risky," 19 June 2018 Beijing’s tariffs targeting sorghum, soy beans and other agricultural exports have been designed to inflict maximum pain on the states that helped put Trump in the White House. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Tit-for-Tat: Trump and Xi Both Think the Other Guy is Bluffing," 16 June 2018 The paste makes a great option for those allergic to soy. Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Chinese tariffs on soy would hit Ohio agriculture hard: A third of the Buckeye State's soybeans go to China, according to the Ohio Soybean Association. Mary Kilpatrick,, "Ohio soy farmers hope Chinese tariff threats will lead to a better deal on Chinese trade: Ohio Matters," 10 Apr. 2018 Copper and soy beans are also down in trading today as the market unwinds some of the optimism from yesterday’s it’s-only-a-negotiating-position rally. Lorcan Roche Kelly,, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 6 Apr. 2018 Some students tried to harvest sensible plants like soy beans, potatoes (à la The Martian, minus the poop), and kale. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "You Can Successfully Grow Hops on Mars, So Let's Hurry Up and Colonize It Already," 18 Jan. 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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