[boo l-yon, -yuh n; French boo-yawn]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for bouillon
Eventually each of them dipped a piece of bread into the soup to taste the bouillon.L'Assommoir
Liquid bouillon,—not jellied,—should be drunk from the bouillon cup.The Etiquette of To-day
Edith B. Ordway
Oysters on the half-shell and bouillon served in cups are the first two courses.
Next, plain plates and cups of bouillon are served, with gold teaspoons.
Serve the bouillon in cups, and be sure that it is very hot.
- a plain unclarified broth or stock
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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