[ too-reen, tyoo- ]
/ tʊˈrin, tyʊ- /


a large, deep, covered dish for serving soup, stew, or other foods.

Origin of tureen

1700–10; earlier terrene < French terrine earthenware dish, Middle French, feminine of terrin of the earth, earthen < Vulgar Latin *terrīnus, equivalent to Latin terr(a) earth + -īnus -ine1
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/ (təˈriːn) /


a large deep usually rounded dish with a cover, used for serving soups, stews, etc

Word Origin for tureen

C18: from French terrine earthenware vessel, from terrin made of earthenware, from Vulgar Latin terrīnus (unattested) earthen, from Latin terra earth
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Word Origin and History for tureen



1706, from French terrine "earthen vessel," from Old French therine (early 15c.), from terrin (adj.) "earthen," from Gallo-Romance *terrinus, from Latin terrenus "of the earth" (see terrain).

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