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


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

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).


  • I passed the turn where we used to halt when we were learning how to ride in front of the guns, past the little house where, on rare holidays, the boys could eat a matelote, which is fish boiled in wine, and so on to the place where the river is held by a weir and opens out into a kind of lake.

    The Path to Rome

  • Lanner, the refined souprette, with my bust alla brooche and the padbun under my matelote, showing my jigotty sleeves and all my new toulong touloosies.

    Finnegans Wake

  • One of the restaurant's specialties, matelote of grouper with mushroom and artichoke ravioli, would be served.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • He was engaged for innumerable pleasure-parties, dinners à la matelote, evenings with Madame de Chastellux, when the Abbé

    Calvert of Strathore

  • A touch of garlic is indispensable to the true matelote, but when used it must be done with the greatest caution.

    Choice Cookery

  • It is used to simmer fish in when directed to be à la matelote, and if it were already thickened the whole would burn.

    Choice Cookery

  • I make bouillabaisse for those who like it, but -- between you and me -- Norman matelote of fish is just as good.

    Masters of the Guild

  • At Port d'Arciat they picked up a friend, and after a “good little repast with a Good Friday matelote,” a few sketches were made at Thoissey and Beauregard.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

  • Almer drank red wine and ate with relish some sort of bird served with truffles, and ordered a matelote of eelpouts and a sterlet with its tail in its mouth.

    The Schoolmaster

  • When they heard the clatter of crockery in the dining-room, Lysevitch began to betray a noticeable excitement; he rubbed his hands, shrugged his shoulders, screwed up his eyes, and described with feeling what dinners her father and uncle used to give at one time, and a marvellous matelote of turbots the cook here could make: it was not a matelote, but a veritable revelation!

    The Party


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  • "An old dance of sailors, in double time, and somewhat like a hornpipe."

    - The second definition from the Webster's GNU 1913.

    July 14, 2010

  • Traditionally, only freshwater fishes were used in the cooking of a matelote.

    Matelote (sensu stricto) is sometimes misapplied to dishes made with veal or poultry.

    January 4, 2009