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[vaw-loh-vahn] /vɔ loʊˈvɑ̃/
noun, Cookery.
a large shell of light, flaky pastry for filling with vegetable, fish, or meat mixtures, usually with a sauce.
Origin of vol-au-vent
1820-30; < French: literally, flight on the wind Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for vol-au-vent
Historical Examples
  • I didn't envy them that vol-au-vent of yours, Ellen, good as it smelt.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • Apple saut with butter, in this way may be served hot in the vol-au-vent.

  • Her husband would make us a vol-au-vent, for which he had no equal.

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick
  • Monsieur Frulus, a taste of vol-au-vent for Mademoiselle de la Pincerie.

  • The puff paste is used for paté shells and vol-au-vent cake and for light pastries of all kinds.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • That the discovery of what it is you eat in a vol-au-vent at a "diner trois francs," will please but not surprise you.

  • This vol-au-vent is delicious, and so is this filet saut, with madeira and truffles.

  • The amount given in this receipt makes about six pt shells or one vol-au-vent case.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • After the fish came a vol-au-vent, then a roast fowl, a salad, French beans with a Pithiviers lark-pie.

    Pierre and Jean Guy de Maupassant
  • Yes, you can call it vol-au-vent if you like, but don't stick me extra for the name; I would just as lief eat it in English.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
British Dictionary definitions for vol-au-vent


/French vɔlovɑ̃/
a very light puff pastry case filled either with a savoury mixture in a richly flavoured sauce or sometimes with fruit
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: flight in the wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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