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

  • noun A dish of Québécois origin consisting of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.

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  • noun Quebec A dish consisting of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy, eaten primarily in Canada
  • noun Quebec Any of a number of variations on the basic poutine dish.


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

[Québécois French, cooked pudding, a mess, poutine, probably of French dialectal origin (perhaps influenced by English pudding); perhaps akin to French dialectal (western France) potine, cast iron pot, or French dialectal (Normandy) potin, pâté.]

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From Quebec French, of unclear origins.


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  • Fries with cheese curds and gravy. A delicious treat from our neighbors to the north. Unless you live at the north pole, in which case they're your neighbors to the south.

    December 15, 2006

  • There's so much material here for me to make a snarky remark, yet I can't think of a single one.

    December 15, 2006

  • Although poutine is a wonderful dish by itself, it can be used to augment the flaor and nutritional value of many other foods. For example, consider the following exchange:

    Waiter: What would you like for dinner?

    Hungry ninja: I'll start with the pork chops with applesauce and bannock.

    Waiter: Would you like to *poutine* that order? (Ed. note - emphasis added)

    Hungry ninja (reluctantly, inevitably): Yeah, sure.

    Note that the hungry ninja has just placed an order for chops, applesauce, hearty griddle-fried cakes of bread, all smothered in gravy and cheese curds.

    December 19, 2006

  • French fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Popular in Canada and among people who hate their arteries.

    June 10, 2009

  • be careful how you pronounce this tasty word. I uttered it incorrectly in Quebec causing the staff to buckle over laughing.

    They said, "Your beer is coming right up but the hooker will take half an hour to get here."

    June 26, 2009

  • Porca puttana!

    June 26, 2009

  • Also a not so tasty Russian strongman (in a traditional French spelling of the name).

    June 26, 2009

  • strev, that's a great story. :)

    June 29, 2009

  • French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy.

    July 20, 2009