Definition of vol-au-vent in English:

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vol-au-vent

Pronunciation: /ˌvôlōˈväN/
Pronunciation: /ˌvôlōˈvän/

noun

A small round case of puff pastry filled with a savory mixture, typically of meat or fish in a richly flavored sauce.
Example sentences
  • As well as fresh fish, organic meat and vegetables there is a wealth of special breads, cakes, pastas, sauces, quiches, vol-au-vents, hummus and much more.
  • That was the good part - cheeses and chocolates, pickles and vol-au-vents, dainty sandwiches, Christmas cake and stuffed dates - enough to keep us amused while the doctor did his rounds.
  • We're used to soggy vol-au-vents, rock hard party sausages and rough Bulgarian plonk.

Origin

French, literally 'flight in the wind'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: vol-au-vent

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