\ˈsȯi \

Definition of soy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 \ : 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: Noun

In a small pot, combine orange zest and juice, soy sauce, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Ayesha Curry, Woman's Day, "Garlic Butter Salmon and Citrus Rice," 23 Oct. 2018 Fermented sauces, like soy sauce and fish sauce, can also be left at room temperature. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How You Should Actually Store Condiments," 9 Oct. 2018 Stir in maple syrup, soy sauce, vinegar, lime halves and remaining 2 tablespoons five-spice powder; bring to a simmer. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Glazed Five-Spice Pork," 9 Oct. 2018 In China, jiaozi are best eaten with a dash of soy sauce. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 The folks behind this fully vegan (also mostly gluten-, nut-, and soy-free) creamery makes all their scoops in-house at their adorable Hollywood shop. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where to Find Dairy-Free and Vegan Ice Cream in L.A.," 13 June 2018 Suitable for vegans, this dairy-free, soy-free powder is made with 13 raw, sprouted proteins for 22 grams of protein a serving. Korin Miller, Allure, "Do You Need Protein Powder Supplements? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 27 Apr. 2018 The Cacao Coconut and Cinnamon Vanilla Bean flavors are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "The Best New Packaged Foods for Athletes," 30 Mar. 2018 Both flavors are vegan-friendly, soy-free, made with coconut milk, and contain 12 grams of protein per pint. Blake Bakkila,, "Halo Top Just Released Two New Dairy-Free and Vegan Flavors," 30 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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