noun French Cookery.

a dish of boiled meat and vegetables, the broth of which is usually served separately.

Origin of pot-au-feu

1785–95; < French: literally, pot on the fire
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Historical Examples of pot-au-feu

  • I cannot exist without my friends, my habits and my pot-au-feu.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The unhappy colt was steaming like a pot-au-feu when the lid is raised.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The pot-au-feu was steadily steaming with snore-like sounds.


    Emile Zola

  • The fanfare is with reference to the French pot-au-feu (see p. 649).

  • A perfume of pot-au-feu escaped from the door of the Raindal family.

    Two banks of the Seine

    Fernand Vandrem

British Dictionary definitions for pot-au-feu



a traditional French stew of beef and vegetables
the large earthenware casserole in which this is cooked

Word Origin for pot-au-feu

literally: pot on the fire
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