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[ shoo ]
/ ʃu /

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.


puff, cannoli, croquembouche, profiterole

Nearby words

chosŏn, chota nagpur, chotchke, chott, chotzen syndrome, chou, chou en-lai, chou pastry, chou shu-jen, choucroute, chouette

Origin of chou

1700–10; < French: cabbage < Latin caulis stem; see cole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for choux

  • Those of Watteau will make him believe that he could live on candies and choux à la crême.

    Her Royal Highness Woman|Max O'Rell
  • The name "choux" (sh) or "cabbage," is often used as a pet name.

    Little Philippe of Belgium|Madeline Brandeis
  • Cauliflower in French is "choux fleur" (sh-flr), which means "cabbage flower."

    Little Philippe of Belgium|Madeline Brandeis

British Dictionary definitions for choux (1 of 2)


/ (ʃuː) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for choux (2 of 2)



/ (tʃəʊ) /


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



"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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