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
- 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.
- adj. Decorated with very small drops or sprinkles of color, as if blown from a bellows.
- adj. Filled with air by beating, and baked.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In cookery, a delicate dish sometimes savory, as a potato soufflé, but usually sweet.
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)