f. rene chateaubriand

Châteaubriand

[shah-toh-bree-ahn; English sha-toh-bree-ahn]
noun
1.
François René [frahn-swa ruh-ney] , Vicomte de, 1768–1848, French author and statesman.
2.
(lowercase) a thick slice of tenderloin, broiled and served with potatoes and a sauce, often a béarnaise sauce.

Origin:
1875–80, def. 2

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Chateaubriand (French ʃɑtobrijɑ̃)
 
n
1.  François René (frɑ̃swa rəne), Vicomte de Chateaubriand. 1768--1848, French writer and statesman: a precursor of the romantic movement in France; his works include Le Génie du Christianisme (1802) and Mémoires d'outre-tombe (1849--50)
2.  a thick steak cut from the fillet of beef

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chateaubriand
"grilled beef steak, garnished with herbs," 1877, named, for some reason, for Fr. writer François René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768-1848).
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