Definition of couscous noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkʊskʊs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊskʊs//
; BrE BrE//ˈkuːskuːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkuːskuːs//
[uncountable] Carbohydrates, Savoury dishes
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a type of N African food made from crushed wheat; a dish of meat and/or vegetables with couscous See related entries: Carbohydrates, Savoury dishes Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French, from Arabic kuskus, from kaskasa ‘to pound’, probably from Berber, a language spoken in North Africa.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: couscous