[boo l-yon, -yuh n; French boo-yawn]
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  1. a clear, usually seasoned broth made by straining water in which beef, chicken, etc., has been cooked, or by dissolving a commercially prepared bouillon cube or cubes in hot water.

Origin of bouillon

1650–60; < French, equivalent to bouill(ir) to boil1 + -on noun suffix
Can be confusedbouillon bullion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bouillon

Historical Examples of bouillon

  • Eventually each of them dipped a piece of bread into the soup to taste the bouillon.


    Emile Zola

  • Liquid bouillon,—not jellied,—should be drunk from the bouillon cup.

  • Oysters on the half-shell and bouillon served in cups are the first two courses.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • Next, plain plates and cups of bouillon are served, with gold teaspoons.

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    Maud C. Cooke

  • Serve the bouillon in cups, and be sure that it is very hot.

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    Maud C. Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for bouillon


  1. a plain unclarified broth or stock

Word Origin for bouillon

C18: from French, from bouillir to boil 1
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Word Origin and History for bouillon

1650s, from French bouillon (11c.), noun use of past participle of bouillir "to boil," from Old French bolir (see boil (v.)).

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