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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 nounsoy 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 In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine the scallion whites, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Three hearty stews that let you skip a step," 5 Jan. 2021 Add Parmesan, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, paprika, salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Andrea Nguyen, WSJ, "Don’t Want to Go (Entirely) Meatless? Try These Recipes," 30 Dec. 2020 Add the soy sauce, lime juice and sambal oelek and cook for about 1 minute to meld the flavors. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Chicken Larb Bowls," 30 Dec. 2020 The last time there was a China Lily soy-sauce drought in northern British Columbia, in 2018, Ms Portillo’s husband, Cody Malbeuf, stopped eating rice for three months. The Economist, "Outsauced A beloved Canadian soy sauce runs out," 30 Dec. 2020 About 30 seconds later, add soy sauce and stir to blend. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Ginger 2.0: Christmas is Over, Now What?," 28 Dec. 2020 This 30-minute meal is packed with flavor thanks to a saucy combination of fresh ginger, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Were Our 10 Most Popular Chicken Recipes on Pinterest This Year," 21 Dec. 2020 Make the sauce: While the chicken is cooking, in a small saucepan, whisk together the honey, gochujang, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and salt until combined. Washington Post, "Want to make crispy chicken wings minus the mess? Turn to the air fryer," 21 Dec. 2020 Dumplings arrive accompanied by cute glass jars filled with truffle soy sauce and chili oil. Larissa Zimberoff, Wired, "How Restaurants Retooled for Takeout—and Survival," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Soy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 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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