Definition of souse in English:


Syllabification: souse
Pronunciation: /sous


[with object]
Soak in or drench with liquid: souse the quilts in warm suds until thoroughly clean
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  • Choppy waves soused the seaweed which clung to the rocks.
  • Shredded carrots are soused in soy sauce and mixed with sesame seeds, coriander and arame, a Japanese algae seaweed product.
  • My savarin with rum and muscatel tasted like a stale doughnut soused in wine.


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1Liquid, typically salted, used for pickling.
1.1North American & West Indian Pickled food, especially a pig’s head.
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  • Other popular dishes are dumpling and pig-tail or cow-heel soup, souse, and chicken stew.
  • I ate pigfoot souse, which I hadn't in a couple years.
  • She includes many Caribbean specialities, like souse, and ackee and saltfish, and the glowing photography makes even something as plain as yam in butter sauce look like a long-awaited feast.
2 informal A drunkard.
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  • The guy at the bar was a souse, a wino.
  • Of what value dignity, if you're already a drunken souse and there's nothing else to lose?
  • You think I've become an old souse, don't you?
2.1 dated A drinking bout.


late Middle English (as a noun denoting pickled meat): from Old French sous 'pickle', of Germanic origin; related to salt.

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