[soop-sawn, soop-sawn]


a slight trace, as of a particular taste or flavor.

Origin of soupçon

1760–70; < French: a suspicion, Middle French sospeçon < Late Latin suspectiōn- (stem of suspectiō), for Latin suspīciō suspicion

Synonyms for soupçon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soupcon

Contemporary Examples of soupcon

  • After all, without Mr. Marciony we might still be eating our ice cream with a soupcon of other people's spit.

  • Up to now, the posture has been to feel a soupcon of empathy or something for the man because well, at least he was in love.

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    Michael Tomasky

    April 17, 2013

Historical Examples of soupcon

British Dictionary definitions for soupcon



a slight amount; dash

Word Origin for soupçon

C18: from French, ultimately from Latin suspicio suspicion
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Word Origin and History for soupcon

"a slight trace or suggestion," 1766, from French soupçon "suspicion," from Old French sospeçon "suspicion, worry, anxiety" (12c.), from Late Latin suspectionem (see suspicion).

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