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[gard-mahn-zhey] /gard mɑ̃ˈʒeɪ/
noun, plural garde-manger. French.
a cool room used for storing foods and for preparing certain dishes, especially cold buffet dishes.
a chef or cook who supervises the preparation of cold dishes.
Origin of garde-manger
literally, (that which) keeps food Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Like we got mo' 'en one garde manger in the house, Tranquiline!

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • W'at become o' that half of chicken-pie, Tranquiline, that was yere in the garde manger yesterday?

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • He took a key from his pocket and unlocking a side of the garde manger, drew forth a small flask of whisky.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
Contemporary definitions for garde manger

an area of a professional kitchen for the preparation and storage of cold foods such as salads, dressings, etc.; this category of foods (also called pantry) and the person who prepares these foods (also called chef garde manger , pantry chef ; also written garde-manger

Word Origin

French 'one who keeps food'

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