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[mey-ger; French me-gruh]
  1. containing neither flesh nor its juices, as food permissible on days of religious abstinence.
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Origin of maigre

From French, dating back to 1675–85; see origin at meager
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Examples from the Web for maigre

Historical Examples

  • The question to be determined was, whether it was 'maigre' or 'gras'.

    Memoirs Of The Court Of Marie Antoinette, Queen Of France, Complete

    Madame Campan

  • For though the day was Friday, the soup was very far from maigre.

    The Firebrand

    S. R. Crockett

  • This is a very relishing sauce for roast pork, poultry, geese, or ducks; or green pease on maigre days.

  • Panem et circenses; soup that shall not be too maigre; and a seat at the Porte St. Martin that shall not be too dear.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • Merimee says of George Sand that he has known her "maigre comme un clou et noire comme une taupe."

British Dictionary definitions for maigre


adjective RC Church
  1. not containing flesh, and so permissible as food on days of religious abstinencemaigre food
  2. of or designating such a day
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Word Origin

C17: from French: thin; see meagre
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