[rat-uh-too-ee, -twee; French ra-ta-too-yuh]


a vegetable stew of Provence, typically consisting of eggplant, zucchini, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and garlic, served hot or cold.

Origin of ratatouille

Borrowed into English from French around 1875–80
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a vegetable casserole made of tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, etc, fried in oil and stewed slowly

Word Origin for ratatouille

C19: from French, from touiller to stir, from Latin tudiculāre, from tudes hammer
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Word Origin and History for ratatouille

1877, from French ratatouille (19c.), first element uncertain, second element evidently touiller "to stir up," ultimately from Latin tudes "hammer" [Gamillscheg].

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