January 26, 2019
ragout (noun)
\rag-OO\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a highly seasoned stew of meat and vegetables
How do you use it?
After a day out on the ice, the hearty ragout we had for dinner tasted especially delicious.
Are you a word wiz?

Don't stew over this question, but do tell us: which of the following languages do you think gave us "ragout"?

Chew on this: the answer is C, French. "Ragout" has been part of the English language since around 1657, when it was borrowed from the French word for the same thing. The French word "ragout" came from "ragouter," meaning "to revive the taste." Many English words having to do with food come from French, including "casserole," "soufflé," and "fondue." Three even more basic food terms from French are "menu," "salad," and "dessert."
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