[ 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.

Origin of bouillon

1650–60; < French, equivalent to bouill(ir) to boil1 + -on noun suffix

Can be confused

bouillon 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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