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Marengo

[muh-reng-goh; for 1 also Italian mah-reng-gaw] /məˈrɛŋ goʊ; for 1 also Italian mɑˈrɛŋ gɔ/
noun, plural Marengos for 2.
1.
a village in Piedmont, in NW Italy: Napoleon defeated the Austrians 1800.
2.
a former gold coin of Italy, issued by Napoleon after the battle of Marengo.
adjective
3.
(often lowercase) (of food) browned in oil and cooked with tomatoes, garlic, wine, and often mushrooms and brandy:
chicken marengo.
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  • Accordingly he started up the Iowa River to the vicinity of Marengo.

    Old Fort Snelling Marcus L. Hansen
  • Proceeding to the vicinity of Marengo, a council was held with the Indians.

    Old Fort Snelling Marcus L. Hansen
  • Thus, in 1800, at Marengo, he reconquered Italy in twelve hours.

  • So, too, did Marengo—but there was still danger for Jeanette.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • During all this time Marengo stood by, restrained by them from rushing forward.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Lucien mounted, and rode after, while the dog Marengo trotted in the rear.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Jeanette could not be otherwise than tough, and Marengo looked anything but tender.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • It was far different from the sentiment held towards Marengo.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • While deliberating upon this, they noticed that Marengo had strayed away from them.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • But one other living object might be noticed in the glade—the dog “Marengo.”

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Marengo

Marengo1

/məˈrɛŋɡəʊ/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) browned in oil and cooked with tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, wine, etc: chicken Marengo
Word Origin
C19: after a dish prepared for Napoleon after the battle of Marengo

Marengo2

/məˈrɛŋɡəʊ; Italian maˈreŋɡo/
noun
1.
a village in NW Italy: site of a major battle in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Austrians (1800)
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Contemporary definitions for Marengo
adjective

of veal or chicken sauteed in olive oil and braised with olives, onions, tomatoes, white wine or brandy and often served with scrambled eggs; also written a la Marengo

Word Origin

named by Napoleon's chef after Battle of Marengo

Usage Note

cooking

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