- a set of instructions for making or preparing something, especially a food dish: a recipe for a cake.
- a medical prescription.
- a method to attain a desired end: a recipe for success.
Origin of recipe
Examples from the Web for recipe
The grim instability of shelter life is hardly a recipe for success under the best of circumstances.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Add to the mix the fact that Brown is a religious ex-cop and you have a recipe for even more deep-seated distrust.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
Now you can scroll to the next direction on your recipe without getting batter or sauce all over your device.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Lossby Pat Schwiebert.Book Bag: Reading Your Way Out Of Grief
October 16, 2014
His recipe for the spirit is simple: add a tiger bone to rice wine, steep for 50 days.China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones
July 22, 2014
They may then be cut up as desired for the recipe to be prepared.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Mrs. Turnbull's recipe, infallible for all aches, bruises, and strains.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
It is true I have a recipe for getting up again, which I always use.A Woman Intervenes
This recipe strictly followed must result in heavy, tough bread.Culture and Cooking
Here is a recipe for very nice Graham bread for Puss Hunter.
- a list of ingredients and directions for making something, esp a food preparation
- med (formerly) a medical prescription
- a method for achieving some desired objectivea recipe for success
Word Origin and History for recipe
1580s, "medical prescription," from Middle French récipé (15c.), from Latin recipe "take!," second person imperative singular of recipere "to take" (see receive); word written by physicians at the head of prescriptions. Figurative use from 1640s. Meaning "instructions for preparing food" first recorded 1743. The original sense survives only in the pharmacist's abbreviation Rx.
- The heading that is used to indicate a medical prescription, usually ℞.
- A medical prescription.