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[suh-preem, -preym, soo-; French sy-prem] /səˈprim, -ˈpreɪm, sʊ-; French süˈprɛm/
Also called sauce suprême. a velouté made with a rich chicken stock.
Also called suprême de volaille. a dish prepared or served with this sauce, especially boned chicken breast.
Also, supreme.
  1. a bowl or the like designed for the serving of cold foods in an inner container that is nestled in cracked ice.
  2. a dessert or appetizer served in such a container.
Origin of suprême
< French < Latin suprēmus supreme1 Unabridged
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  • Now add one pint of this velouté to the suprême sauce; reduce the whole on an open fire, while constantly stirring.

  • The suprême is thus served incrusted in a square block of thick jelly; the dish is decorated with greens.

  • suprême sauce gives its name to several dishes dear to epicures—suprême de volaille, suprême de Toulouse, etc.

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  • The suprême sauce used in that case is generally made with very rich chicken gravy.

  • Lawyers are always epicures, and Mr. Brookes condescended to praise the suprême de volaille of the Walls End chef.

British Dictionary definitions for suprême


/sʊˈpriːm; -ˈprɛm; sjʊ-/
Also called suprême sauce. a rich velouté sauce made with a base of veal or chicken stock, with cream or egg yolks added
the best or most delicate part of meat, esp the breast and wing of chicken, cooked in suprême sauce
Word Origin
French: supreme


/sʊˈpriːm; sjʊ-/
of highest status or power: a supreme tribunal
(usually prenominal) of highest quality, importance, etc: supreme endeavour
greatest in degree; extreme: supreme folly
(prenominal) final or last, esp being last in one's life or progress; ultimate: the supreme judgment
Derived Forms
supremely, adverb
supremeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suprēmus highest, from superus that is above, from super above
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Word Origin and History for suprême



1520s, from Middle French suprême, from Latin supremus "highest," superlative of superus "situated above," from super "above" (see super-). Supreme Being first attested 1690s; Supreme Court is from 1709.

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