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



BrE BrE//suːp//
; NAmE NAmE//suːp//
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  •  [uncountable, countable] a liquid food made by boiling meat, vegetables, etc. in water, often eaten as the first course of a meal a bowl of soup chicken soup (British English) tinned/packet soups (North American English) canned/packaged soups a soup spoon/plate
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French soupe ‘sop, broth (poured on slices of bread)’, from late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Don’t slurp your soup! He ladled out three bowls of soup. Warhol’s paintings of Campbell’s soup cans We had a cold cucumber soup as a starter. an alphabet soup of other government agencies= used to say that their names consist of complicated abbreviations hearty vegetable soup the Chinese delicacy of shark fin soup the emergence of life from the primordial soup on the EarthIdioms (North American English, informal) from beginning to end She told me the whole story from soup to nuts. (informal) in trouble We're all in the soup now.
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