ragout

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ragout well-seasoned stew of meat and vegetables
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ragout A dish made of pieces of meat, stewed, and highly seasoned; as, a ragout of mutton.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ragout A dish of meat (usually mutton or veal) and vegetables cut small, stewed brown, and highly seasoned.
    • n ragout Figuratively, a spicy mixture; any piquant combination of persons or things.
    • ragout To make a ragout of; to make a spicy mixture of; hence figuratively, to give spiciness or piquancy to, as speech or literary style.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ragout ra-gōō′ a stew of meat with kitchen herbs, the French equivalent of Irish stew: any spicy mixture or combination, even of persons.
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ragoût, fr. ragoûter, to restore one's appetite, fr. L. pref. re-, re- + ad, to + gustare, to taste, gustus, taste. See Gust relish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—ragoûter, to restore the appetite—L. re, again, Fr. à (=ad), to, goût—L. gustus, taste.

Usage

In literature:

Ate of a diabolical ragout at dinner, so I shan't smoke till I have washed away the lingering memento of it with wine.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
It was a day of hashes, ragouts, soups, hotch-pots, etc.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Serve a border of rice around the ragout.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Some of the fine French ragouts consist mostly of chicken livers.
"American Cookery" by Various
Thus I could always make a ragout for Pierre, Jean, and Jacques, and they throve on it.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
RAGOUT OF ASPARAGUS WITH MOCK MEAT BALLS.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
A servant was cooking a ragout in the kitchen.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
But neither of these rare dishes can compare with Ragout Regali.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
Then I will stay and eat some of your ragout.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Serve up in a soup or ragout-dish; or make it into barley broth, No.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
***

In news:

Red Chard , Potato and White Bean Ragout.
Bruschetta of Clam Ragout With Pancetta.
With Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and White Bean Ragout.
Essential Pepin Shorts, Ragout of Asparagus PBS.
This last ragout is based on one my husband found in an old New York Times cookbook by Craig Claiborne.
Quick Pasta With Sausage Ragout .
From ragout to riches via The Frog and The Peach.
Well-Fed Vegetarian: Geoffrey Zakarian's Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushroom Ragout .
The Next Iron Chef winner Geoffrey Zakarian created this creamy polenta-and-mushroom- ragout recipe out of his love for porridge.
Watch Zucchini Cakes with Mushroom Ragout in the Better Homes and Gardens Video.
Shell Beans and Potato Ragout With Swiss Chard.
Shell Beans and Potato Ragout With Swiss Chard .
Check out the array, from shrimp burgers in Japan to cumin-spiced beef on flatbread in Morocco (The McArabia) and The Netherlands' McKroket, a deep-fried patty of beef ragout.
Well-Fed Vegetarian: Geoffrey Zakarian's Creamy Polenta with Wild Mushroom Ragout.
The Next Iron Chef winner Geoffrey Zakarian created this creamy polenta-and-mushroom-ragout recipe out of his love for porridge.
***