nouvelle cuisine

[ noo-vel kwee-zeen ]
/ nu vɛl kwiˈzin /

noun (sometimes initial capital letters) French.

a modern style of French cooking that emphasizes the use of the finest and freshest ingredients simply and imaginatively prepared, often with fresh herbs, the artful arrangement and presentation of food, and the use of reduced stocks in place of flour-thickened sauces.

Origin of nouvelle cuisine

literally, new cooking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nouvelle cuisine

nouvelle cuisine

/ (ˈnuːvɛl kwIˈziːn) /


a style of preparing and presenting food, often raw or only lightly cooked, with light sauces, and unusual combinations of flavours and garnishes

Word Origin for nouvelle cuisine

C20: French, literally: new cookery
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 nouvelle cuisine

nouvelle cuisine

style of cooking emphasizing freshness and presentation, 1975, French, literally "new cooking."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper