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[soo-fuh l] /ˈsu fəl/
noun, Pathology.
a murmuring or blowing sound heard on auscultation.
Origin of souffle
From French, dating back to 1875-80; See origin at soufflé
Can be confused
souffle, soufflé.


[soo-fley, soo-fley] /suˈfleɪ, ˈsu fleɪ/
a light baked dish made fluffy with beaten egg whites combined with egg yolks, white sauce, and fish, cheese, or other ingredients.
a similar dish made with fruit juices, chocolate, vanilla, etc., and served as dessert.
Also, souffléed. puffed up; made light, as by beating and cooking.
verb (used with object), souffléed, souffléing.
to make (food) puffed up and light, as by beating and cooking, adding stiffly beaten egg whites, etc.; make resemble a soufflé:
to soufflé leftover mashed potatoes.
1805-15; < French, noun use of past participle of souffler to blow, puff < Latin sufflāre to breathe on, blow on
Can be confused
souffle, soufflé. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for souffle
Historical Examples
  • The landlady admitted that a souffle was something not unlike a hash.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If ever he come in the domps, he goes out always like a souffle.'

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Better the guests wait a few minutes for the souffle than the souffle for the guests.

  • The souffle potatoes of old Marie were not bad to look on, but I did not test them otherwise.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • In a sweetmeat, the souffle through which we dig to reach the plums.

    The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard
  • Mix all thoroughly, place in a Criscoed souffle dish, and bake for 1/2 hour.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
  • "I'm not quite easy in my mind about the souffle," explained the other.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Ame, vie, souffle, qui saurait bien les distinguer exactement?

  • Therefore it is not usual to commence mixing a sweet or souffle omelet, till after the company has set down to dinner.

  • The cutlets were excellent, and the souffle uncommonly light and good.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for souffle


(med) a blowing sound or murmur heard in auscultation
Word Origin
C19: from French, from souffler to blow


a very light fluffy dish made with egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites combined with cheese, fish, etc
a similar sweet or savoury cold dish, set with gelatine
made light and puffy, as by beating and cooking
Word Origin
C19: from French, from souffler to blow, from Latin sufflāre
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Word Origin and History for souffle

light dish, sometimes savory but usually sweet, 1813, from French soufflé, noun use of past participle of souffler "to puff up," from Latin sufflare, from sub- "under, up from under" (see sub-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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souffle in Medicine

souffle souf·fle (sōō'fəl, sōō'flə)
A soft blowing sound heard on auscultation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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