Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A highly seasoned stew made of several kinds of fish and shellfish.
  • noun A combination of various different, often incongruous elements.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In cookery, a kind of fish-chowder popular in some parts of France, especially at Marseilles.

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  • noun A bouillabaisse, a type of French fish soup.

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

  • noun highly seasoned Mediterranean soup or stew made of several kinds of fish and shellfish with tomatoes and onions or leeks and seasoned with saffron and garlic and herbs

Etymologies

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

[French, from Provençal bouiabaisso : boui, imperative of bouie, to boil (from Latin bullīre, from bulla, bubble) + abaisso, imperative of abeissa, to lower (from Vulgar Latin *abbassiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Medieval Latin bassus, low).]

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From French

Examples

  • I wonder, as you do, why the family was so elated that he had made this amazing dish (which sounds like French bouillabaisse from the very brief description)?

    A Meal in Venice, 1978 | clusterflock

  • What the fishermen did was to take these small fish and turn them into a soup that is most famously known as bouillabaisse, which has become such a classic that there are restaurants specializing in it.

    At My Table

  • What the fishermen did was to take these small fish and turn them into a soup that is most famously known as bouillabaisse, which has become such a classic that there are restaurants specializing in it.

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  • The Divers went to Nice and dined on a bouillabaisse, which is a stew of rock fish and small lobsters, highly seasoned with saffron, and a bottle of cold Chablis.

    Tender is the Night

  • Cornerstone got extra points for choosing the least pretentious moniker (it doesn't need to be called bouillabaisse to be delicious).

    post-gazette.com - News

  • He thought it was a kind of bouillabaisse of conspiracy theories.

    The Magazine: VF Daily

  • The leaves also flavor classic French dishes such as bouillabaisse and bouillon.

    Spices and Herbs -Bandra Bazar Road « bollywoods most wanted photographerno1

  • It's a kind of bouillabaisse of pretty standard Ivy league reflexes and prejudices, cobbled together without any real examination.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • The leaves also flavor classic French dishes such as bouillabaisse and bouillon.

    2008 February 17 « bollywoods most wanted photographerno1

  • I actually think this is what many US and Japanese restaurants serve as 'bouillabaisse', which is another favorite soupy stew or stewy soup of mine.

    What fueled me through the Half

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