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bouquet garni

[boh-key gahr-nee, boo-; French boo-ke gar-nee]
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noun, plural bou·quets gar·nis [boh-keyz gahr-nee, boo-; French boo-ke gar-nee] /boʊˈkeɪz gɑrˈni, bu-; French bu kɛ garˈni/.
  1. a small bundle of herbs, as thyme, parsley, bay leaf, and the like, often tied in a cheesecloth bag and used for flavoring soups, stews, etc.
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Origin of bouquet garni

From French, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at bouquet, garnish
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Historical Examples

  • The French wielder of the bouquet-garni, in default of more bloodthirsty entertainment, would be delighted by them.

    Our Stage and Its Critics

    "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"


British Dictionary definitions for bouquet garni

bouquet garni

noun plural bouquets garnis (ˈbuːkeɪz ɡɑːˈniː)
  1. a bunch of herbs tied together and used for flavouring soups, stews, etc
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Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: garnished bouquet
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