[ flahm-bey; French flahn-bey ]
/ flɑmˈbeɪ; French flɑ̃ˈbeɪ /


Also flam·béed [flahm-beyd] /flɑmˈbeɪd/. (of food) served in flaming liquor, especially brandy: steak flambé.
  1. (of a glaze) dense and streaked with contrasting colors, usually red and blue.
  2. (of a ceramic object) covered with a flambé glaze.

verb (used with object), flam·béed, flam·bé·ing.

to pour liquor over and ignite.

Nearby words

  1. flambe,
  2. flambeau,
  3. flamborough head,
  4. flamboyance,
  5. flamboyant,
  6. flame,
  7. flame azalea,
  8. flame carbon,
  9. flame cell,
  10. flame color

Origin of flambé

1885–90; < French, past participle of flamber to flame. See flambeau

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British Dictionary definitions for flambe



/ (ˈflɑːmbeɪ, ˈflæm-, French flɑ̃be) /


(of food, such as steak or pancakes) served in flaming brandy

verb -béing, -béeing, -béd or -béed

(tr) to pour brandy over (food) and ignite it

Word Origin for flambé

French, past participle of flamber to flame

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Word Origin and History for flambe



1886, of certain types of porcelain, 1906 as a term in cookery, from French flambé, past participle of flamber "to singe, blaze," from Old French flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).

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