ragout

Part of speech: noun

A highly seasoned stew of meat and vegetables; hence, anything spicy or piquant.

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Usage examples "ragout":

  1. It is said that before he arrived at the Place de Greve he ate a very rich ragout, and drank a bottle of champagne, and left the world as he had gone through it. - "The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 7 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe", Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe.
  2. A grim sense of humour, born of the very intensity of ever- present danger, had dubbed the cut of certain tunics " tete tranche," or a favourite ragout was called " a la guillotine." - "El Dorado", Baroness Orczy.
  3. A servant was cooking a ragout in the kitchen. - "The Regent's Daughter", Alexandre Dumas (Pere).