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béchamel

[bey-shuh-mel; French bey-sha-mel] /ˈbeɪ ʃəˌmɛl; French beɪ ʃaˈmɛl/
noun
1.
a white sauce, sometimes seasoned with onion and nutmeg.
Also called bechamel sauce.
Origin of béchamel
1790-1800
1790-1800; named after Louis, Marquis de Béchamel (steward of Louis XIV of France), its originator
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  • "It's the bechamel sauce on it that you like, I suspect," said Bettina.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • That seductive gentleman, bechamel, had been working up to a crisis.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • bechamel, tightening his chain in the Angel yard after dinner, was the first to be aware of their reunion.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • bechamel had told his wife he was going to Davos to see Carter.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • We have veal chops for tonight—just plain veal chops and boiled new potatoes and carrots with bechamel sauce.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • "Damn her," said bechamel, for all the world like a common man.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • "Well, let 'em GO," said bechamel, making a memorable saying.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • If bechamel (detestable person) had kept his promises, instead of behaving with unspeakable horridness, all would have been well.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • The sauces can be varied with tomato, or with some of the good English bottled sauces stirred with the bechamel.

Word Origin and History for bechamel
n.

1796, from French béchamel, named for Louis XIV's steward, Louis de Béchamel, marquis de Nointel (1630-1703), who perfected it. Gamillscheg identifies him as a great gourmet of the time ("eines bekannten Feinschmeckers des 17. Jhdts.").

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