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[muh-reng-goh; for 1 also Italian mah-reng-gaw] /məˈrɛŋ goʊ; for 1 also Italian mɑˈrɛŋ gɔ/
noun, plural Marengos for 2.
a village in Piedmont, in NW Italy: Napoleon defeated the Austrians 1800.
a former gold coin of Italy, issued by Napoleon after the battle of Marengo.
(often lowercase) (of food) browned in oil and cooked with tomatoes, garlic, wine, and often mushrooms and brandy:
chicken marengo. Unabridged
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  • The latter received him coldly, though he had not yet gained the battle of Marengo.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
  • But one other living object might be noticed in the glade—the dog “Marengo.”

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Now he preferred an idea to a deed, a poet to a hero, and he admired a book like Job more than an event like Marengo.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Jeanette could not be otherwise than tough, and Marengo looked anything but tender.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • We have not yet met our Waterloo, Watson, but this is our Marengo, for it begins in defeat and ends in victory.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was far different from the sentiment held towards Marengo.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • When the army and the Bureau came to Marengo County, the white people, who were few in number, determined to win their good will.

  • Marengo was next attached to the rope, and pulled safely over.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • Every one can recall how nearly fatal to the French at Bylau and Marengo was their great inferiority in artillery.

    The Art of War Baron Henri de Jomini
  • No head-gear was necessary, as Marengo needed not to be either led or driven.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Marengo


(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


/məˈrɛŋɡəʊ; Italian maˈreŋɡo/
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

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

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