vol-au-vent

[ vaw-loh-vahn ]
/ vɔ loʊˈvɑ̃ /

noun Cooking.

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

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Origin of vol-au-vent

1820–30; <French: literally, flight on the wind
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British Dictionary definitions for vol-au-vent

vol-au-vent
/ (French vɔlovɑ̃) /

noun

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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