- a murmuring or blowing sound heard on auscultation.
Origin of souffle
From French, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at soufflé
- a light baked dish made fluffy with beaten egg whites combined with egg yolks, white sauce, and fish, cheese, or other ingredients.
- a similar dish made with fruit juices, chocolate, vanilla, etc., and served as dessert.
- Also souf·fléed. puffed up; made light, as by beating and cooking.
- to make (food) puffed up and light, as by beating and cooking, adding stiffly beaten egg whites, etc.; make resemble a soufflé: to soufflé leftover mashed potatoes.
Origin of soufflé
1805–15; < French, noun use of past participle of souffler to blow, puff < Latin sufflāre to breathe on, blow on
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Examples from the Web for souffle
The landlady admitted that a souffle was something not unlike a hash.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
If ever he come in the domps, he goes out always like a souffle.'The Young Duke
Better the guests wait a few minutes for the souffle than the souffle for the guests.The Gastronomic Regenerator:
The souffle potatoes of old Marie were not bad to look on, but I did not test them otherwise.Europe Revised
Irvin S. Cobb
In a sweetmeat, the souffle through which we dig to reach the plums.The Roycroft Dictionary
- med a blowing sound or murmur heard in auscultation
C19: from French, from souffler to blow
- a very light fluffy dish made with egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites combined with cheese, fish, etc
- a similar sweet or savoury cold dish, set with gelatine
- made light and puffy, as by beating and cooking
C19: from French, from souffler to blow, from Latin sufflāre
Word Origin and History for souffle
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A soft blowing sound heard on auscultation.
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