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

Examples of truffle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the cool thing about these costly crustaceans is that unlike, say, truffles or caviar or foie gras, there are more and less expensive ways to eat them—which is what this recipe is all about. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "What’s Fancy and Thrifty and Creamy All Over? This Lobster Pasta," 11 Dec. 2019 Aromas of truffles and autumn leaves, flavors of dark cherries and plums — all pinot noir signatures — are held together by noticeable, though not overbearing, acidity. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "For Burgundy’s best-value wines, look south," 25 Oct. 2019 Monello will offer a selection of pies, including the tartufo ($20), made with cheese sauce, black truffle and cremini mushrooms; and the picante ($19), with mozzarella, arrabbiata (spicy) sauce and spicy salami. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 2019 Oktoberfest celebrations kick off Friday in El Cajon, Encinitas and Liberty Station," 26 Sep. 2019 Entrees are prime short rib with potato gnocchi and peas, crab tortellini with black truffle and basil oil or Scottish salmon with soba noodle salad. Michael Mayo,, "Four picks for Delray Beach Restaurant Week Aug. 1-7," 30 July 2019 Class Eventi served an Italian feast that included scallops and burrata as appetizers, followed by a pasta course of ravioli stuffed with zucchini flowers and spinach, and tagliolini with black truffle and toma cheese. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 At Chicago’s Smyth, chef John Shields’s menu includes a Turkish-towel gelée, a sea-lettuce pastry that smells like white truffles and tastes like matcha, a seaweed caramel tart, and a kombu ice cream Shields insists could pass for a Wendy’s Frosty. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 The housemade potato chips with parmesan cheese and truffle oil are always a crowd-pleaser., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 Oregon produce and products are highlighted with entrees such as alder-smoked and grilled ribeye with black truffle butter, braised lamb shank, chicken and Northwest cheeses. Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "Head to Mount Hood any time of year: Gerry Frank’s picks," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

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“Truffle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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