[ ra-goo ]
/ ræˈgu /


French Cookery. a highly seasoned stew of meat or fish, with or without vegetables.

verb (used with object), ra·gouted [ra-good] /ræˈgud/, ra·gout·ing [ra-goo-ing] /ræˈgu ɪŋ/.

to make into a ragout.


Nearby words

  1. ragman roll,
  2. ragman rolls,
  3. ragnar lodbrok,
  4. ragnarok,
  5. ragnarök,
  6. ragpicker,
  7. rags,
  8. ragstone,
  9. ragtag,
  10. ragtag and bobtail

Origin of ragout

1650–60; < French ragoût, derivative of ragoûter to restore the appetite of, equivalent to r(e)- re- + á (< Latin ad to) + goût (< Latin gustus taste)

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British Dictionary definitions for ragout


/ (ræˈɡuː) /


a richly seasoned stew of meat or poultry and vegetables

verb -gouts (-ˈɡuːz), -gouting (-ˈɡuːɪŋ) or -gouted (-ˈɡuːd)

(tr) to make into a ragout

Word Origin for ragout

C17: from French, from ragoûter to stimulate the appetite again, from ra- re- + goûter from Latin gustāre to taste

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Word Origin and History for ragout



"highly seasoned meat and vegetable stew," 1650s, from French ragoût (mid-17c.), from Middle French ragoûter "awaken the appetite," from Old French re- "back" (see re-) + à "to" + goût "taste," from Latin gustum (nominative gustus); see gusto.

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