[ kuh-nel ]
/ kəˈnɛl /


French Cookery. a dumpling of finely chopped fish or meat that is poached in water or stock and usually served with a sauce.

Origin of quenelle

1835–45; < French < German Knödel dumpling
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Examples from the Web for quenelle

  • The First Amendment would never prohibit the quenelle, regardless of its symbolic meaning.

  • Stir a gill of cream to the quenelle meat, then use enough of the spinach to give it a fine light-green color.

    Choice Cookery|Catherine Owen
  • Put some very light chicken force meat (quenelle) in small round buttered timbale moulds, and cook in bain-marie (double boiler).

British Dictionary definitions for quenelle

/ (kəˈnɛl) /


a finely sieved mixture of cooked meat or fish, shaped into various forms and cooked in stock or fried as croquettes

Word Origin for quenelle

C19: from French, from German Knödel dumpling, from Old High German knodo knot
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