noun Cookery.
  1. a large shell of light, flaky pastry for filling with vegetable, fish, or meat mixtures, usually with a sauce.

Origin of vol-au-vent

1820–30; < French: literally, flight on the wind
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  1. a very light puff pastry case filled either with a savoury mixture in a richly flavoured sauce or sometimes with fruit

Word Origin for vol-au-vent

C19: from French, literally: flight in the wind
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