[ proh-vuh n-sahl, -ven-, prov-uh n-, -en-; French praw-vahn-sal ]
/ ˌproʊ vənˈsɑl, -vɛn-, ˌprɒv ən-, -ɛn-; French prɔ vɑ̃ˈsal /


(sometimes lowercase) cooked, usually in olive oil, with garlic, tomatoes, onions, and herbs.


Also called Provençale sauce. a thick sauce of tomatoes, garlic, and seasonings cooked in oil.

Origin of Provençale

1835–45; < French (à la) provençale in the Provençal manner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for provencale

  • The good lady was a Provencale, and her passions had been lively.

    A Woman of Thirty|Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for provencale


/ (ˌprɒvɒnˈsɑːl, French prɔvɑ̃sal) /


(of dishes) prepared with garlic, oil, and often tomatoes
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