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Aug 18, 2016
This week’s theme
Words related to food

This week’s words
jambalaya
farraginous
kool-aid
ragout
immolate

ragout
Ragout with lentils
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ragout

PRONUNCIATION:
(ra-GOO)

MEANING:
noun
1. A highly seasoned stew of meat, vegetables, etc.
2. A mixture of disparate elements.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French ragoût, from ragouter (to revive the taste), from re- (again) + a-/ad (to) + gout (taste), from Latin gustus (taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, disgust, degust, and pregustator. Earliest documented use: 1652.

USAGE:
“Opera ... sensual pleasures celebrated in its rich ragout of music, emotion, and stagecraft.”
Daniel J. Wakin; Don’t Sing With Your Mouth Full; The New York Times; May 7, 2012.

See more usage examples of ragout in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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