Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Poultry or meat cut into pieces and stewed in gravy.
  • transitive v. To prepare (poultry or meat) by cutting into pieces and stewing in gravy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. meat or poultry cut into small pieces, stewed or fried and served in its own gravy.
  • v. to cook meat or poultry in this manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dish made of fowls, veal, or other meat of small animals cut into pieces, and stewed in a gravy.
  • transitive v. To dress like a fricassee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prepare or dress as a fricassee.
  • n. A dish made by cutting chickens, rabbits, or other small animals into pieces, and dressing them with a gravy in a frying-pan or a like utensil. Formerly also fricasee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pieces of chicken or other meat stewed in gravy with e.g. carrots and onions and served with noodles or dumplings
  • v. make a fricassee of by cooking

Etymologies

French fricassée, from Old French, from feminine past participle of fricasser, to fricassee : probably frire, to fry (from Latin frīgere, to roast, fry) + casser, to break, crack (from Latin quassāre, to shake, shatter; see squash2) or Vulgar Latin *coāctiāre, to press together (from Latin coāctus, past participle of cōgere, to drive or bring together; see cogent).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fricassée (noun), from fricassée, past participle of fricasser (verb) (Wiktionary)

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  • "I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout."
    - Jonathan Swift, 'A Modest Proposal', 1729.

    August 3, 2009

  • Fricassee off!

    May 20, 2009

  • This word is amazing. In fact, it should be stripped of its definition so that one might be able to say, "Oh fricassee! I've lost my wallet!" or "That fricasseein' bastard stole my shoelaces!" or "I took a lovely fricassee through the park." Truly this word has a veratile sound.

    May 20, 2009