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 The real question is... who doesn't love truffle pasta? Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 2 May 2022 Tei neighborhood includes truffle chicken, red rice and quinoa to lure younger customers. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Top menu options include the bigeye tuna crudo; the 16-ounce New York strip steak served with Argentinian chimichurri; the double-cut pork chop and the local New Jersey fluke, which is served with wild mushrooms and a truffle leek sauce. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 1 May 2022 The Parmesan dust is salty and ambiguously cheesy, and there’s an undeniable truffle salt presence. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 29 Apr. 2022 Entrees include chicken, prime rib, salmon, shrimp, lamb, swordfish, filet mignon and mushroom and truffle pasta. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 26 Apr. 2022 Bluefin fatty tuna flavored with a yuzu-truffle dressing and dressed with domestic sturgeon caviar reinforced the fusion concept. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 His work in last year’s Pig, an intimate character study about a reclusive master chef in search of his prize truffle-sniffing pet, garnered him some of the best reviews of his career. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 My two favorite All’Antico sandwiches exalt the Tuscan art of salumi by including only meat and cheese, the saltiness of each sharpened by a drizzle of truffle honey. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Truffle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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