: a baked patty shell filled with meat, fowl, game, or seafood in sauce

Word History


French, literally, flight in the wind

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vol-au-vent was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near vol-au-vent

Cite this Entry

“Vol-au-vent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vol-au-vent. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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