[ boo l-yon, -yuh n; French boo-yawn ]
/ ˈbʊl yɒn, -yən; French buˈyɔ̃ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. bouguer anomaly,
  2. bouguer correction,
  3. bouguereau,
  4. bouguereau, adolphe william,
  5. bouillabaisse,
  6. bouillon cube,
  7. bouillon cup,
  8. bouillon spoon,
  9. bouillon, godfrey of,
  10. bouillotte lamp

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bouillon


/ (ˈbuːjɒn) /


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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