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[flahm-bey; French flahn-bey] /flɑmˈbeɪ; French flɑ̃ˈbeɪ/
Also, flambéed
[flahm-beyd] /flɑmˈbeɪd/ (Show IPA)
. (of food) served in flaming liquor, especially brandy:
steak flambé.
  1. (of a glaze) dense and streaked with contrasting colors, usually red and blue.
  2. (of a ceramic object) covered with a flambé glaze.
verb (used with object), flambéed, flambéing.
to pour liquor over and ignite.
Origin of flambé
1885-90; < French, past participle of flamber to flame. See flambeau Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flambe
  • For a treat, there might be a dessert of bananas flambe, but usually there is none.
  • The wait staff wear tuxedos and prepare food at the table, including flambe desserts.
  • Guests can choose from locally harvested oysters and flaming prawns, which servers flambe at the diner's table.
  • Perform serving duties such as carving meat, preparing flambe dishes, or serving wine and liquor.
  • She had brought a bottle of rum, and a keen interest in making bananas flambe.
British Dictionary definitions for flambe


/ˈflɑːmbeɪ; ˈflæm-; French flɑ̃be/
(of food, such as steak or pancakes) served in flaming brandy
verb -béing, -béeing, -béd, -béed
(transitive) to pour brandy over (food) and ignite it
Word Origin
French, past participle of flamber to flame
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Word Origin and History for flambe

1886, of certain types of porcelain, 1906 as a term in cookery, from French flambé, past participle of flamber "to singe, blaze," from Old French flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).

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