truf·​fle | \ ˈtrə-fəl, 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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The menu nodded to American classics: The burrata and heirloom tomato salad was followed by surf and turf options and then chocolate truffles, warm chocolate chip cookies, and wedding cake. Vogue, "California Dreamers: Hayley Bloomingdale’s Stylish Santa Barbara Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018 Better yet, the dish is so universally beloved that even the province’s best chefs will give their own spin on the classic, switching it up with everything from sweet potatoes to wild mushroom gravy, truffles, and foie gras. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Also new: a couple of fry options, including Parmesan truffle fries and hot honey-and-sage sweet-potato fries. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Looking for something to eat in Euless? There's a new burger joint in town | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 May 2018 Last year’s tasting menu included Pasta Cacio e Pepe from her cookbook, truffle fries and coconut cake, as seen on BFF King’s Instagram. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Oprah Reveals the Buttery Carb Indulgence She's Enjoying on Her 64th Birthday: 'Favorite Meal!'," 29 Jan. 2018 The truffle fries were a hit but the portion of regular fries was rather meager. Anchorage Daily News, "New eatery Bread and Brew has a lot of potential," 23 Jan. 2018 Oysters and caviar are fantastic with champagne, and more casual foods like truffle fries, fried chicken and cheese are equally delicious with Champagne! Micaela English, Town & Country, "10 Ways To Drink Champagne Like An Expert," 15 Feb. 2017 Then there was the food: sushi, candy, sliders, and truffle fries shadowed by a pyramid of pink cupcakes, the Venus de Milo of the buffet table. Scout Maceachron, Seventeen, "I Got Drunk at Prom and Humiliated Myself in Front of the Entire Class," 18 June 2015 There may be pricier truffles and treats in this world, covered in gold flakes or disgorged from a goose's belly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 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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