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 diners feeling like something extra can add black truffles, oysters, caviar and more to their meals, at an extra price. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Denver restaurants worth splurging for this New Year’s Eve," 19 Dec. 2019 Or head to Blueprint Chocolatiers, a rehabbed hundred-year-old building where Kim and Bruce Gustafon sell artisan bonbons, truffles, and devilish drinking chocolate. al, "Plan the ultimate holiday getaway to this historic Virginia town," 9 Dec. 2019 Patterson said there are two signature lines - the House Assortment, which includes dark, milk, and white chocolate truffles, and the Caramel Carousel, which includes dark, milk, and white chocolate-covered salted and unsalted caramels. Steve Smith,, "Patterson Family Chocolates Joins CT River Valley Chamber," 22 Nov. 2019 With the new look comes a new seasonal menu that focuses on truffles, winter squash, and celery root, with dishes like a braised osso buco for two, and Italian-style fondue of Fontina d'Aosta. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Serra Alpina by Birreria at Eataly Just Transformed Into a Winter Wonderland for The Holidays," 8 Nov. 2019 The second course is served family-style and includes roasted turkey breast and leg with black truffle, mushroom dressing, green beans with onions, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry-orange sauce and gravy. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Here are 10 Broward County restaurants that will make Thanksgiving dinner for you," 30 Oct. 2019 The premium chocolate shop offers one-of-a-kind truffles, drinking chocolate elixirs, agave caramels, solid dark chocolates, and homemade ice cream. Nico Amarca, Marie Claire, "How to Spend 24 Hours in Salem, Massachusetts," 21 Oct. 2019 The nigiri selection is like a palette of unique colors: umami-rich tomato, soft and sweet tofu, grilled okra with truffle, creamy avocado with smoked beet. Soleil Ho,, "Shizen in San Francisco makes a stellar case for vegan sushi," 17 Oct. 2019 Not to be outdone, Hotel Del executive chef Stefan Peroutka created a dinner that began with Kobe beef tataki, truffles, and Sevruga caviar; then ran to braised Wagyu short rib, lobster agnolotti, and hen-of- the-woods mushrooms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Food Fight: Grand Chef Throwdown," 4 Oct. 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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20 Jan 2020

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“Truffle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 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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