truf·​fle ˈtrə-fəl How to pronounce truffle (audio)
: 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
: a fungus that produces truffles
: 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 This box features assorted dark chocolate truffles in packs of 6, 12, or 24. Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 Available in shades magnolia gray and brown truffle and discounted at just $29, you’ll be tempted to add both of these comfortable pants to your cart ASAP. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2023 Contemporary is salmon with filings of earthy truffle and a hit of lemon juice as a leveler. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 While colder months in Umbria have their own appeal (think: wine tasting and great food while sitting by the fire, and endless opportunities to hunt for black truffle) the summer and spring showcase the region's natural splendor at its best. Elisa Carassai, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Aug. 2023 Rae loves the salads, but the breakfast menu here also includes organic date and yogurt bowls, date French toast, and truffle scrambled eggs. Nicola Chilton, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Aug. 2023 But the signature truffle fries, undiscounted, cost $21, and food specials like arancini at $15 weren’t enough for dinner. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 7 Aug. 2023 Relax in one of 10 guest rooms with four-poster beds and handmade quilts, or sample the restaurant’s seasonal dishes like wild mushroom strudel with truffle aioli and herb salad. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2023 The tasteful/subtle fixings include truffle aioli, Bibb lettuce, heirloom tomato and onions. Matt Wake |, al, 20 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of truffle was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Truffle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


truf·​fle ˈtrəf-əl How to pronounce truffle (audio) ˈtrüf- How to pronounce truffle (audio)
: the dark or light wrinkled fruiting body of a European fungus that grows in the ground
also : a fungus that produces truffles

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