noun, plural choux [shooz for 1; shoo for 2] /ʃuz for 1; ʃu for 2/.

a cabbage-shaped decoration, as a rosette or knot on a woman's dress, hat, etc.

Origin of chou

1700–10; < French: cabbage < Latin caulis stem; see cole




a dynasty in China, 1122?–256 b.c., marked by the division of China into separate feudal states and the emergence of important philosophical schools, especially Confucianism and Taoism.
Also Chow, Zhou. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chou

puff, cannoli, chou, croquembouche, profiterole

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noun plural choux (ʃuː)

a type of cabbage
a rosette
a round cream bun

Word Origin for chou

C18 (a bun): from French, from Latin caulis cabbage




the imperial dynasty of China from about 1126 to 255 bc
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Word Origin and History for chou

"fashionable knot in a woman's dress or hat," 1883; earlier "small, round, cream-filled pastry" (1706), from French chou, literally "cabbage" (12c.), from Latin caulis "cabbage," literally "stalk" (see cole).

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