Definition of flambé in English:

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Pronunciation: /flämˈbā/


1 [postpositive] (Of food) covered with liquor and set alight briefly: crêpes flambé
More example sentences
  • ‘Excuse me,’ Armand spoke up, ‘I can make an ice cream flambé.’
2Denoting or characterized by a red copper-based porcelain glaze with purple streaks.

verb (flambés, flambéing, flambéed /-ˈbād/)

[with object]
Cover (food) with liquor and set it alight briefly.
Example sentences
  • Another evening, I watch as a waiter flambés my seafood in Madeira wine with delicious results.
  • The recipe called for the meat to be flambéed in brandy at one point.
  • Then the hunks of bacon kicked in, along with the caramelized onion and the dusky tones of the brandy with which the beef chunks had been flambéed.


Late 19th century: French, literally 'singed', past participle of flamber, from flambe 'a flame'.

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Syllabification: flam·bé

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