tu·​reen | \ tə-ˈrēn How to pronounce tureen (audio) , tyu̇- \

Definition of tureen

1 : a deep and usually covered bowl from which foods (such as soup) are served

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Recent Examples on the Web Don’t feel guilty about breaking up a china set: Soup tureens and teacups can be repurposed as beautiful containers for plants. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Five fresh ideas for the family china nobody wants," 2 Oct. 2019 A few months ago, a woman reached out to the foundation to donate a tureen that belonged to Harrison, offering it to the museum, Meyers said. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Missing for decades, Revolutionary War sword rescued from auction," 26 Oct. 2019 Other major purchases by Hawley include an 18th-century Rococo silver tureen designed by French silversmith Juste-Aurele Meissonnier. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Remembering Henry Hawley: Cleveland Museum of Art decorative arts curator with amazing eye for excellence," 25 Aug. 2019 It was known for family-style eating at tables laden with tureens of Taix’s famed soup and salad, and platters of fruit and cheese. Los Angeles Times, "Taix restaurant, an L.A. institution, is sold to a luxury apartment builder," 22 Aug. 2019 Our biggest problem was table space, with copper tureens, silver tins, plates, beer bottles and water glasses moved like jigsaw puzzle pieces as new courses arrived. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 All that is left is the art—the Aubusson tapestries, the Sèvres tureens. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 The tureens are estimated to sell for at least $80,000. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Will the Rockefeller Collection be the First Art Auction to Top $1 Billion?," 11 Apr. 2018 Because Bourdain was our Ulysses, navigating between rocks and monsters, stopping for music and dinner and drinks, trying to keep his ship sailing through soup tureens and whirlpools, and the vast, endlessly televised ocean. latimes.com, "Food odysseys," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of tureen

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tureen

French terrine, from Middle French, from feminine of terrin of earth, from Vulgar Latin *terrinus, from Latin terra earth — more at terrace entry 1

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The first known use of tureen was circa 1706

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27 Nov 2019

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“Tureen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tureen. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of tureen

: a deep bowl with a cover that is used for serving food (such as soup)


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Kids Definition of tureen

: a deep bowl from which food (as soup) is served

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