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[too-reen, tyoo-]
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  1. a large, deep, covered dish for serving soup, stew, or other foods.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Lay in the bottom of the tureen some slices of bread without the crust.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • Boil it slowly a few minutes longer, and then put it into your tureen.

  • Let it get another slow boil, and then put it into the tureen.

  • Pour a little gravy round the goose, and serve the rest in a tureen.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Pour a little gravy round the duck, and serve the rest in a tureen.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for tureen


  1. a large deep usually rounded dish with a cover, used for serving soups, stews, etc
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Word Origin

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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