Definition of bouquet garni in English:

bouquet garni

Syllabification: bou·quet gar·ni
Pronunciation: /bōˈkā ɡärˈnē, bo͞o-

noun (plural bouquets garnis pronounced same )

A bunch of herbs, typically encased in a cheesecloth bag, used for flavoring a stew or soup.
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  • The standard bouquet garni is now a bundle of thyme, bay leaf, and parsley; but the composition of the bundle is variable and cooks have their own preferences.
  • Add chopped onions, peeled carrots, a bouquet garni made of parsley stalks, leek and celery sticks and a little bundle of thyme all tied up with string.
  • Instead I found a pleasing bouquet garni of sage and thyme, solid blackcurrant, plum and complementary Asian spice.


mid 19th century: French, literally 'garnished bouquet'.

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