from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fish stew that is cooked in a wine sauce.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stew made primarily with fish and wine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stew, commonly of fish, flavored with wine, and served with a wine sauce containing onions, mushrooms, etc.
- n. An old dance of sailors, in double time, and somewhat like a hornpipe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fish served with a sauce of wine, onions, herbs, and other seasoning. The name is sometimes given to a dish of meat or other viands served with a similar sauce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. highly seasoned soup or stew made of freshwater fishes (eel, carp, perch) with wine and stock
French, from matelot, sailor, from Old French matenot, sailor, bunkmate, possibly from Middle Dutch mattenoot (perhaps from matte, bed from Late Latin matta; see mat1 + noot, fellow) or from Old Norse mötunautr, messmate (mata, food, mess + nautr, companion).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)