[ vish-ee-swahz, vee-shee-swahz ]
/ ˌvɪʃ iˈswɑz, ˈvi ʃiˌswɑz /


a cream soup of potatoes and leeks, usually served chilled and often garnished with chopped chives.

Nearby words

  1. viceroyalty,
  2. vichy,
  3. vichy government,
  4. vichy water,
  5. vichyite,
  6. vicinage,
  7. vicinal,
  8. vicinity,
  9. vicious,
  10. vicious circle

Origin of vichyssoise

1915–20; < French (crême) vichyssoise (cream soup) of Vichy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vichyssoise

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British Dictionary definitions for vichyssoise


/ (French viʃiswaz) /


a thick soup made from leeks, potatoes, chicken stock, and cream, usually served chilled

Word Origin for vichyssoise

French, from (crème) Vichyssoise (glacée) (ice-cold cream) from Vichy

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Word Origin and History for vichyssoise



1939, French, in full crême vichyssoise glacée, literally "iced cream (soup) of Vichy" (see Vichy).

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