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noun Cookery.
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for vol-au-vent

Historical Examples

  • I didn't envy them that vol-au-vent of yours, Ellen, good as it smelt.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • Apple saut with butter, in this way may be served hot in the vol-au-vent.

  • Her husband would make us a vol-au-vent, for which he had no equal.

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick

  • Monsieur Frulus, a taste of vol-au-vent for Mademoiselle de la Pincerie.

  • The puff paste is used for paté shells and vol-au-vent cake and for light pastries of all kinds.

British Dictionary definitions for vol-au-vent


  1. a very light puff pastry case filled either with a savoury mixture in a richly flavoured sauce or sometimes with fruit
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Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: flight in the wind
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