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flambé

[flahm-bey; French flahn-bey]
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adjective
  1. Also flam·béed [flahm-beyd] /flɑmˈbeɪd/. (of food) served in flaming liquor, especially brandy: steak flambé.
  2. Ceramics.
    1. (of a glaze) dense and streaked with contrasting colors, usually red and blue.
    2. (of a ceramic object) covered with a flambé glaze.
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verb (used with object), flam·béed, flam·bé·ing.
  1. to pour liquor over and ignite.
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Origin of flambé

1885–90; < French, past participle of flamber to flame. See flambeau
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  • For the insertion of the p, cf. solempne for solemne, and nempne for nemne; also flambe for flame; see the Glossary.

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales

    Geoffrey Chaucer


British Dictionary definitions for flambe

flambé

flambe

adjective
  1. (of food, such as steak or pancakes) served in flaming brandy
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verb -béing, -béeing, -béd or -béed
  1. (tr) to pour brandy over (food) and ignite it
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Word Origin

French, past participle of flamber to flame
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Word Origin and History for flambe

adj.

1886, of certain types of porcelain, 1906 as a term in cookery, from French flambé, past participle of flamber "to singe, blaze," from Old French flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).

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