- 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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Examples from the Web for tureen
Lay in the bottom of the tureen some slices of bread without the crust.
Let it get another slow boil, and then put it into the tureen.
Boil it slowly a few minutes longer, and then put it into your tureen.
Pour a little gravy round the duck, and serve the rest in a tureen.
Pour a little gravy round the goose, and serve the rest in a tureen.
- a large deep usually rounded dish with a cover, used for serving soups, stews, etc
C18: from French terrine earthenware vessel, from terrin made of earthenware, from Vulgar Latin terrīnus (unattested) earthen, from Latin terra earth
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper