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

Examples of vol-au-vent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Henri loudly praised my mother’s vol-au-vents, my father’s wine selection, the house, the furniture, our car, and the Japanese maple out front; Marie-Céleste nodded and smiled. Lucy Sante, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 At Camp, dinner might include a seafood tostada with a tomatillo vinaigrette, a mushroom vol-au-vent with sherry-sorghum cream sauce, or a lamb T-bone flavored with tikka masala. Chelsea Brasted, Southern Living, 23 Aug. 2023 Coronation chicken vol-au-vents were also served at the party. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2023

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Vol-au-vent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vol-au-vent. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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