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[pyoo-rey, -ree, pyoo r-ey] /pyʊˈreɪ, -ˈri, ˈpyʊər eɪ/
a cooked food, especially a vegetable or fruit, that has been put through a sieve, blender, or the like.
a soup made with ingredients that have been puréed.
verb (used with object), puréed, puréeing.
to make a purée of.
Origin of purée
1700-10; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of purer to strain, literally, make pure; see pure Unabridged
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  • This may also be simplified by serving the legs plain in the dish with the puree under.

  • Pour over it the puree of nuttolene and cover with the other half of the vermicelli.

  • Keep hot in two sauceboats a puree of Brussels sprouts and a puree of onions.

  • Cream soups are a combination of vegetables, puree and milk.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • Croutons with puree of vegetables of all kinds and with chowders or hard water crackers with the latter.

  • Mashed boiled brains or sweetbread, or puree of white or red roasted meat, in soup.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • By a puree is meant a thick soup; it differs but little from cream soup, being perhaps a trifle thicker.

  • Another way of cooking potato pumpkin is to cut it in slices, pare off the rind, and make a puree as directed for turnips.

    The Virginia Housewife

    Mary Randolph
British Dictionary definitions for puree


an unleavened flaky Indian bread, that is deep-fried in ghee and served hot
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a smooth thick pulp of cooked and sieved fruit, vegetables, meat, or fish
verb -rées, -réeing, -réed
(transitive) to make (cooked foods) into a purée
Word Origin
C19: from French purer to purify
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Word Origin and History for puree

1707, from French purée "pea soup" (puree de pois, early 14c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from past participle of purer "to strain, cleanse," from Latin purare "purify," from purus (see pure).


1934, from puree (n.). Related: Pureed.

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