[soo-fley, soo-fley]
  1. a light baked dish made fluffy with beaten egg whites combined with egg yolks, white sauce, and fish, cheese, or other ingredients.
  2. a similar dish made with fruit juices, chocolate, vanilla, etc., and served as dessert.
  1. Also souf·fléed. puffed up; made light, as by beating and cooking.
verb (used with object), souf·fléed, souf·flé·ing.
  1. 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
Can be confusedsouffle soufflé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for soufflé


  1. a very light fluffy dish made with egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites combined with cheese, fish, etc
  2. a similar sweet or savoury cold dish, set with gelatine
adjective Also: souffléed
  1. made light and puffy, as by beating and cooking

Word Origin for soufflé

C19: from French, from souffler to blow, from Latin sufflāre


  1. med a blowing sound or murmur heard in auscultation

Word Origin for souffle

C19: from French, from souffler to blow
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Word Origin and History for soufflé



light dish, sometimes savory but usually sweet, 1813, from French soufflé, noun use of past participle of souffler "to puff up," from Latin sufflare, from sub- "under, up from under" (see sub-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

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soufflé in Medicine


[sōōfəl, sōōflə]
  1. A soft blowing sound heard on auscultation.
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