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soul food

traditional black American cookery, which originated in the rural South, consisting of such foods as chitterlings, pig knuckles, turnip greens, and cornbread.
Origin of soul food
An Americanism dating back to 1960-65
Related forms
soul-food, adjective Unabridged
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  • When it has none God sends poets to invent them as soul food for the nation's youth.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • Afterward history stores up these noble achievements of yesterday as soul food for to day.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • But we want it high—we love it high—we're restless—we're keyed up, taut-strung, and hungry for soul food.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for soul food

soul food

(informal) food, such as chitterlings or yams, traditionally eaten by Black people in the southern US
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for soul food

soul food

noun phrase

Food characteristic of and preferred by black persons, esp of Southern culture (1957+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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