Definition of souse in English:


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Pronunciation: /saʊs


  • 1 [with object] Soak in or drench with liquid: the chips were well soused with vinegar
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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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  • 1 [mass noun] Liquid used for pickling: he liked to make salt-fish souse
  • 1.1North American & West Indian Food, especially a pig’s head, in pickle.
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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: he’s a roaring souse
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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 period of heavy drinking.


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

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