fricassee

[frik-uh-see]
See more synonyms for fricassee on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), fric·as·seed, fric·as·see·ing.
  1. to prepare as a fricassee.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for fricassee

Historical Examples of fricassee


British Dictionary definitions for fricassee

fricassee

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

Word Origin for fricassee

C16: from Old French, from fricasser to fricassee; probably related to frire to fry 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fricassee
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper