Tureen

   Tureen, earlier tereen from French terrine, cognate with terra, "earth," traditionally was an earthen pot or pan. Its modified spelling may be due to some fanciful connection with the city of .Turin- Current dictionaries define it as a huge serving bowl with a lid, specifically for soup. But in restaurant jargon, any large dish with a lid is a tureen, especially if designed for warm food.
   The story that made the rounds, but may be apocryphal, is that the Vicomte de Turenne (1611-1675) sat down for dinner with his staff. They were informed that there were no soup bowls, whereupon the Vicomte, a daring and imaginative fellow, pulled off his helmet, turned it upside down, and voila, a soup bowl. If the story is true, the forebear of all the elegant tureens made of silver or fine china was a helmet made of unpolished iron.
   Tureens have been used for centuries, and some, especially those designed for royalty or for the wealthy, have warranted placement in museums. The tureens styled by Meissen, Sevres, and Spode are sumptuous and colorful. The handles, or ears, of a tureen lend themselves to decorative imagination.
   The Campbell Soup Company has a tureen museum in Camden, New Jersey.

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  • Tureen — Tu*reen , n. [F. terrine, L. terra earth. See {Terrace}.] A large, deep vessel for holding soup, or other liquid food, at the table. [Written also {terreen}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tureen — (n.) 1706, from Fr. terrine earthen vessel, from O.Fr. therine (early 15c.), from terrin (adj.) earthen, from Gallo Romance *terrinus, from L. terrenus of the earth (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tureen — ► NOUN ▪ a deep covered dish from which soup is served. ORIGIN French terrine (see TERRINE(Cf. ↑terrine)) …   English terms dictionary

  • tureen — [too rēn′, tyoorēn′] n. [earlier terreen < MFr terrine, earthen vessel < VL * terrinus < L terra, earth] a large, deep serving dish with a lid, used for soups, stews, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Tureen — A tureen is a serving dish for foods such as soups or stews, often shaped as a broad, deep, oval vessel with fixed handles and a low domed cover with a knob or handle. Over the centuries, tureens have appeared in many different forms, some round …   Wikipedia

  • tureen — [18] Tureen and terrine are ultimately the same word. Both were borrowed simultaneously from French terrine ‘deep earthenware dish’ in the early 18th century, since when in its original sense ‘dish’ it has been contorted to tureen (perhaps partly …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • tureen — UK [tjʊˈriːn] / US [tuˈrɪn] noun [countable] Word forms tureen : singular tureen plural tureens a large deep dish with a lid, used for serving soup …   English dictionary

  • tureen — [18] Tureen and terrine are ultimately the same word. Both were borrowed simultaneously from French terrine ‘deep earthenware dish’ in the early 18th century, since when in its original sense ‘dish’ it has been contorted to tureen (perhaps partly …   Word origins

  • tureen — noun Tureen is used after these nouns: ↑soup …   Collocations dictionary

  • tureen — [[t]tjʊəri͟ːn, AM tʊr [/t]] tureens N COUNT A tureen is a large bowl with a lid from which you can serve soup or vegetables …   English dictionary

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