tu·reen | \tə-ˈrēn, tyu̇-\

Definition of tureen 

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

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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 Both come out in large tureens with metal ladles, though that’s where the similarities end. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018 There were rows of silver tureens, dark wood walls, high chandeliers, and beautiful Old World tableware. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Five restaurants that are gone from Boston but definitely not forgotten," 9 May 2018 Peggy fell in love with the pair of fish tureens David bought for her as a Christmas present. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "The Rockefeller Knickknacks," 15 Apr. 2018 Two Chelsea-porcelain plaice tureens, covers, and spoons, circa 1755. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "The Rockefeller Knickknacks," 15 Apr. 2018 That means that a dinner table without soup tureens and trifle dishes does not have to become a reality. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Is A Proper Table Setting A Dying Art Form?," 12 Apr. 2018 The tureen collection moved in 1996 to Winterthur, a museum in Delaware. Jim Walsh, (cherry Hill, USA TODAY, "Campbell becomes snack empire, as soup sales cool," 25 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of tureen

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


tu·reen | \tə-ˈrēn \

Kids Definition of tureen

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

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