Definitions

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

  • n. A very small amount; a trace: not a soupçon of mercy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very small amount; a hint; a trace.
  • n. A suspicion; a suggestion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A suspicion; a suggestion; hence, a very small portion; a taste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A suspicion; hence, a very small quantity; a taste: as, water with a soupçon of brandy.

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

  • n. a slight but appreciable amount

Etymologies

French, from Old French sospeçon, suspicion, from Latin suspectiō, suspectiōn-, fear, from suspectus, past participle of suspicere, to suspect; see suspect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French soupçon (Wiktionary)

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  • Thanks!

    December 12, 2009

  • soMEone did, 'vi, just a little one.

    December 12, 2009

  • Could someone pronounce this? I've been wondering my whole life how to pronounce this.

    December 11, 2009

  • a trace, a little bit

    June 6, 2009