[ joo-lee-en; French zhy-lyen ]
/ ˌdʒu liˈɛn; French ʒüˈlyɛn /


(of food, especially vegetables) cut into thin strips or small, matchlike pieces.


a clear soup garnished, before serving, with julienne vegetables.

verb (used with object), ju·li·enned, ju·li·en·ning.

to cut (something, especially a vegetable) into thin strips or small, matchlike pieces: I spent a half hour julienning the carrots.

Nearby words

  1. julian of norwich,
  2. julian the apostate,
  3. juliana,
  4. julianne,
  5. julie,
  6. juliet,
  7. juliet cap,
  8. julius,
  9. julius caesar,
  10. julius i

Origin of julienne

1835–45; < French, generic use of Julienne woman's name

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British Dictionary definitions for julienne


/ (ˌdʒuːlɪˈɛn) /


(of vegetables) cut into thin shreds


a clear consommé to which a mixture of such vegetables has been added

Word Origin for julienne

French, from name Jules, Julien, or Julienne

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Word Origin and History for julienne



kind of clear soup, 1841, from French, literally "(soup made) in the manner of Julien," the proper name, from an otherwise unknown cook. Related: Julienned.

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