[goo-lahsh, -lash]


Also called Hungarian goulash. a stew of beef or veal and vegetables, with paprika and other seasoning.
a heterogeneous mixture; hodgepodge; jumble.
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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  6. gould,
  7. gould, glenn,
  8. gould, jay,
  9. gould, stephen jay,
  10. gouldian finch

Origin of goulash

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

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British Dictionary definitions for goulash



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

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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