truf·​fle | \ ˈtrə-fəl How to pronounce truffle (audio) , ˈtrü-\

Definition of truffle

1a : the dark or light edible subterranean fruiting body of several European ascomycetous fungi (especially genus Tuber) also : any of various similar fruiting bodies of related fungi
b : a fungus that produces truffles
2 : a candy made of chocolate, butter, sugar, and sometimes liqueur shaped into balls and often coated with cocoa

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Amid whiffs of truffle oil and warm maple syrup, there was an overall air of comradery; a glamorous village held together by their shared interest in a humblingly good cause. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Puts the Fabulous in Her Fabulous Fund Fair With Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney Goodies Up for Grabs," 20 Feb. 2019 Guests got a little extra energy from pass chocolate truffles and the groom’s cake, a carrot confection in the shape of a taxi, inspired by a memory of one of their first dates. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 Image Valrhona’s line of chocolate items for the confectioner and baker has been expanded to include two new flavors of couverture, the type of chocolate to melt for glazes, truffles and desserts. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Two New Ingredients for the Home Baker," 4 June 2018 It stocks mousse of foie gras, Italian nduja (spicy salumi spread), truffle butter, black rice from Camargue and wines made from organically grown Bordeaux grapes. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "The hottest French restaurant in the Miami area? It’s in Hialeah," 15 Feb. 2018 Use it as a vehicle for appropriate fillings; don't stuff it with mediocre proteins or just douse in it truffle butter. Lauren Chval, RedEye Chicago, "Is macaroni and cheese overrated? RedEye staffers debate," 1 Nov. 2017 Put your cast-iron skillet to good use when cooking up a tender pork chops cooked in truffle butter. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pork Chops with Rosemary Truffle Sauce," 24 Feb. 2017 Those same participants also rated the taste much higher than people who tried the truffle but saw the ads emphasizing health or environmental benefits. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Forget the guilt trip: There’s a better way to get people to eat more bugs," 2 Oct. 2018 About 73 percent of the customers chose the truffle. Devra First,, "It’s the rolls. It has always been the rolls," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of truffle

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for truffle

modification of Middle French truffe, from Old Occitan trufa, from Vulgar Latin *tufera; akin to Latin tuber swelling, truffle — more at tuber

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English Language Learners Definition of truffle

: a type of fungus that grows under the ground and that is used in cooking
: a kind of chocolate candy with a soft center

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