Definitions

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

  • n. A light, fluffy baked dish made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a main dish or sweetened as a dessert.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A baked dish made from beaten egg whites and various other ingredients.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Decorated with very small drops or sprinkles of color, as if blown from a bellows.
  • adj. Filled with air by beating, and baked.
  • n. A side dish served hot from the oven at dinner, made of eggs, milk, and flour or other farinaceous substance, beaten till very light, and flavored with fruits, liquors, or essence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In cookery, a delicate dish sometimes savory, as a potato soufflé, but usually sweet.

Etymologies

French, from past participle of souffler, to puff up, from Old French soffler, from Latin sufflāre : sub-, sub- + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French soufflé, from souffler ("to puff"). (Wiktionary)

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