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  1. meat, especially chicken or veal, browned lightly, stewed, and served in a sauce made with its own stock.
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verb (used with object), fric·as·seed, fric·as·see·ing.
  1. to prepare as a fricassee.
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Origin of fricassee

1560–70; < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of fricasser to cook chopped food in its own juice, probably equivalent to fri(re) to fry1 + casser to break, crack (< Latin quassāre to shake, damage, batter); compare, however, dial. fricâssié, perhaps with a reflex of Vulgar Latin *coāctiāre, verbal derivative of Latin coāctus compressed, condensed, past participle of cōgere; see cogent
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Historical Examples

  • You may grill the paws, fricassee the shoulders, and roast the rest.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Oh, tell the cook to make it into a fricassee, and be sure it is well flavoured.

  • You seemed particularly to enjoy a fricassee of the rats of Loo Choo.

    Lady Eureka, v. 2 (of 3)

    Robert Folkestone Williams

  • Pour the fricassee into the dish, and garnish with the fried pieces.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia

    Marion Cabell Tyree

  • On the left is a fricassee of snails, fed, or rather purged, with milk.

British Dictionary definitions for fricassee


  1. stewed meat, esp chicken or veal, and vegetables, served in a thick white sauce
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verb -sees, -seeing or -seed
  1. (tr) to prepare (meat) as a fricassee
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French, from fricasser to fricassee; probably related to frire to fry 1
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Word Origin and History for fricassee


1560s, from Middle French fricassée, fem. past participle of fricasser "mince and cook in sauce" (15c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to or compounded from Middle French frire "to fry" (see fry (v.)) and casser, quasser "break, cut up." As a verb, from 1650s.

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