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[kon-suh-mey, kon-suh-mey]
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  1. a clear soup made by boiling meat or chicken, bones, vegetables, etc., to extract their nutritive properties: served hot or jellied.
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Origin of consommé

1805–15; < French, noun use of consommé, past participle of consommer to finish < Latin consummāre to add up, finish; see consummate


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Historical Examples

  • A species of fine white broth or consomme, thickened with cream, and used as white sauce.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • However, a few cans of consomme are fine for 'stock' in camp soups or stews, and invaluable in case of sickness.

  • Molecular gastronomy—food hackers who use centrifuges to clarify their consomme.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Cut latter in uniform shapes with fancy vegetable cutter, and cook them separate in consomme.

    The Story of Crisco

    Marion Harris Neil

  • "It's time you knew just what you're up against," said Stanley to me after the consomme had been served.

British Dictionary definitions for consomme


  1. a clear soup made from meat or chicken stock
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from consommer to finish, use up, from Latin consummāre; so called because all the goodness of the meat goes into the liquid
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Word Origin and History for consomme


1815, from French consommé, noun use of past participle of consommer "to consume" (12c.), from Latin consummare "to complete, finish, perfect" (see consummation). The French verb was influenced in sense by Latin consumere "to consume."

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