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pâté de foie gras

[pah-tey duh fwah grah, pa-tey; French pah-teyduh fwa grah] /pɑˈteɪ də ˌfwɑ ˈgrɑ, pæˈteɪ; French pɑ teɪdə fwa ˈgrɑ/
noun, plural pâtés de foie gras
[pah-teyz duh fwah grah, pa-teyz; French pah teyduh fwa grah] /pɑˈteɪz də ˌfwɑ ˈgrɑ, pæˈteɪz; French pɑ teɪdə fwa ˈgrɑ/ (Show IPA)
See under foie gras.
Origin of pâté de foie gras
1820-30; < French: goose-liver pâté

foie gras

[fwah grah; French fwah grah] /fwɑ ˈgrɑ; French fwɑ ˈgrɑ/
the liver of specially fattened geese or ducks, used as a table delicacy, especially in the form of a paste (pâté de foie gras)
1810-20; < French: literally, fat liver Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pate de foie gras
Historical Examples
  • He passes from mortal sight to reappear in pate de foie gras.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • Mrs. W. M. was attired in an elegant 'pate de foie gras,' made expressly for her, and was greatly admired.

    Sketches New and Old, Part 6. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • When he is well his appetite is truly wonderful—nothing comes amiss to him, sir, from pate de foie gras to potatoes.

    My Lady's Money Wilkie Collins
  • I suppose you mean that he was too partial to asparagus and pate de foie gras, don't you?

    A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen
  • Touraine appears to me like a pate de foie gras, in which one plunges up to the chin; and its wine is delicious.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • But think of a string of pate de foie gras sausages at a guinea a piece!

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The pate de foie gras is not good here, but I can recommend the game.

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for pate de foie gras

foie gras

/French fwa ɡrɑ/

pâté de foie gras

/pɑte də fwa ɡrɑ/
noun (pl) pâtés de foie gras (pɑte də fwa ɡrɑ)
a smooth rich paste made from the liver of a specially fattened goose, considered a great delicacy
Word Origin
French: pâté of fat liver
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Word Origin and History for pate de foie gras

foie gras


1818, short for pâté de foie gras (see pate (n.2)). Pâté de foie gras (1827 in English) is literally "pie of fat liver;" originally served in a pastry (as still in Alsace), the phrase now chiefly in English with reference to the filling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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