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[boo l-yon, -yuh n; French boo-yawn] /ˈbʊl yɒn, -yən; French buˈyɔ̃/
a clear, usually seasoned broth made by straining water in which beef, chicken, etc., has been cooked, or by dissolving a commercially prepared bouillon cube or cubes in hot water.
Origin of bouillon
1650-60; < French, equivalent to bouill(ir) to boil1 + -on noun suffix
Can be confused
bouillon, bullion. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bouillon
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  • Eventually each of them dipped a piece of bread into the soup to taste the bouillon.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Liquid bouillon,—not jellied,—should be drunk from the bouillon cup.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • Oysters on the half-shell and bouillon served in cups are the first two courses.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • Next, plain plates and cups of bouillon are served, with gold teaspoons.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • Serve the bouillon in cups, and be sure that it is very hot.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • bouillon was his brother-in-law, the sister of Conde was his brother's wife.

  • It was not the first nor likely to be the last of bouillon's deadly intrigues.

  • And then there was bouillon, and time to look about at the toilets.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
  • bouillon had better have stood alone than have called in the Spaniards and Austrians.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
  • bouillon soon learned the hollowness of the promises of his allies.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for bouillon


a plain unclarified broth or stock
Word Origin
C18: from French, from bouillir to boil1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bouillon

1650s, from French bouillon (11c.), noun use of past participle of bouillir "to boil," from Old French bolir (see boil (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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