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[goo-lahsh, -lash]
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  1. Also called Hungarian goulash. a stew of beef or veal and vegetables, with paprika and other seasoning.
  2. a heterogeneous mixture; hodgepodge; jumble.
  3. a deal in bridge for producing hands of unusual distribution, in which the players arrange their cards of the previous deal by suit and the dealer, after cutting the cards, distributes them without shuffling in three rounds of five, five, and three cards each.
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Origin of goulash

1865–70; < Hungarian gulyás, short for gulyáshús herdsman's meat
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Related Words for goulash

stew, olio

Examples from the Web for goulash

Historical Examples of goulash

  • She can take a Hungarian rhapsody and turn it into a goulash in about 32 bars.

    You Should Worry Says John Henry

    George V. Hobart

  • Who ever heard of a goulash poet in a braid-bound cutaway and spats?

  • As he hesitated, the goulash upon the dish before him, Linke smiled.

    The Secret Witness

    George Gibbs

  • It must taste like a mixture of Hungarian goulash and Chinese chop-suey!

  • For dinner they had often goulash or turoscsusza with vegetables or bread.

    Our Little Hungarian Cousin

    Mary F. Nixon-Roulet

British Dictionary definitions for goulash


  1. Also called: Hungarian goulash a rich stew, originating in Hungary, made of beef, lamb, or veal highly seasoned with paprika
  2. bridge a method of dealing in threes and fours without first shuffling the cards, to produce freak hands
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Word Origin for goulash

C19: from Hungarian gulyás hus herdsman's meat, from gulya herd
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Word Origin and History for goulash


1866, from Hungarian gulyáshús, from gulyás "herdsman" + hús "meat." In Hungarian, "beef or lamb soup made by herdsmen while pasturing."

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