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  1. French Cookery. a highly seasoned stew of meat or fish, with or without vegetables.
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verb (used with object), ra·gouted [ra-good] /ræˈgud/, ra·gout·ing [ra-goo-ing] /ræˈgu ɪŋ/.
  1. to make into a ragout.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Encircle this ragout with the fried cutlets, and crown with a cauliflower.

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • It was some sort of a ragout, he knew, and he lusted for it.


    E. F. Benson

  • Odors of highly seasoned macaroni and ragout steamed from them.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery

    Rebecca N. Porter

  • A ragout was served before Formosanta, which her father was very fond of.

    Voltaire's Romances

    Franois-Marie Arouet

  • Either smothered in onions or in a ragout they are excellent.

British Dictionary definitions for ragout


  1. a richly seasoned stew of meat or poultry and vegetables
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verb -gouts (-ˈɡuːz), -gouting (-ˈɡuːɪŋ) or -gouted (-ˈɡuːd)
  1. (tr) to make into a ragout
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Word Origin

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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