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[goo-lahsh, -lash] /ˈgu lɑʃ, -læʃ/
Also called Hungarian goulash. a stew of beef or veal and vegetables, with paprika and other seasoning.
a heterogeneous mixture; hodgepodge; jumble.
a deal in bridge for producing hands of unusual distribution, in which the players arrange their cards of the previous deal by suit and the dealer, after cutting the cards, distributes them without shuffling in three rounds of five, five, and three cards each.
Origin of goulash
1865-70; < Hungarian gulyás, short for gulyáshús herdsman's meat Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for goulash
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  • She can take a Hungarian rhapsody and turn it into a goulash in about 32 bars.

  • Who ever heard of a goulash poet in a braid-bound cutaway and spats?

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • As he hesitated, the goulash upon the dish before him, Linke smiled.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • It must taste like a mixture of Hungarian goulash and Chinese chop-suey!

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • For dinner they had often goulash or turoscsusza with vegetables or bread.

    Our Little Hungarian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • Not having time to be particular, we hit a goulash emporium where they spell the meat card mostly with cz's.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Half way through the goulash and noodles, I had this bright thought about consultin' the 'phone book.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Some goulash rhapsody, I believe it was, by a guy whose name sounds like a sneezin' fit.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Last, and by no means least, we shall sample everything to eat from English muffins to Hungarian goulash.

  • As we drove into the great square at Goldap, a "goulash cannon," one of the German field kitchens, was smoking.

British Dictionary definitions for goulash


Also called Hungarian goulash. a rich stew, originating in Hungary, made of beef, lamb, or veal highly seasoned with paprika
(bridge) a method of dealing in threes and fours without first shuffling the cards, to produce freak hands
Word Origin
C19: from Hungarian gulyás hus herdsman's meat, from gulya herd
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Word Origin and History for goulash

1866, from Hungarian gulyáshús, from gulyás "herdsman" + hús "meat." In Hungarian, "beef or lamb soup made by herdsmen while pasturing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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