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[too-reen, tyoo-] /tʊˈrin, tyʊ-/
a large, deep, covered dish for serving soup, stew, or other foods.
1700-10; earlier terrene < French terrine earthenware dish, Middle French, feminine of terrin of the earth, earthen < Vulgar Latin *terrīnus, equivalent to Latin terr(a) earth + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tureen
  • And the table will look more festive if the braised duck and rice is served in a duck tureen.
  • The meal begins with soup in a large tureen meant for four to six others.
  • The archetypical dish is a communal soup ladled from a shiny aluminum tureen.
British Dictionary definitions for tureen


a large deep usually rounded dish with a cover, used for serving soups, stews, etc
Word Origin
C18: from French terrine earthenware vessel, from terrin made of earthenware, from Vulgar Latin terrīnus (unattested) earthen, from Latin terra earth
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Word Origin and History for tureen

1706, from French terrine "earthen vessel," from Old French therine (early 15c.), from terrin (adj.) "earthen," from Gallo-Romance *terrinus, from Latin terrenus "of the earth" (see terrain).

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Encyclopedia Article for tureen

covered container, sometimes made to rest on a stand or dish, from which liquids, generally soup or sauce, are served at table. The earliest silver and pottery examples, dating from the early 18th century, were called terrines or terrenes (from Latin terra, "earth"), which suggests a pottery origin for the form. Most tureens are crafted in a bowl-like shape that has been influenced by the decorative conventions of their time, but novel pottery types, in the form of realistically modelled animals and vegetables, have also been popular

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