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[goo-lahsh, -lash] /ˈgu lɑʃ, -læʃ/
Also called Hungarian goulash. a stew of beef or veal and vegetables, with paprika and other seasoning.
a heterogeneous mixture; hodgepodge; jumble.
a deal in bridge for producing hands of unusual distribution, in which the players arrange their cards of the previous deal by suit and the dealer, after cutting the cards, distributes them without shuffling in three rounds of five, five, and three cards each.
1865-70; < Hungarian gulyás, short for gulyáshús herdsman's meat Unabridged
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Examples from the web for goulash
  • The main course was beef goulash with garlic-chive spaetzle.
  • But the goulash, herring sandwiches and boiled beef are merely a warm-up to the desserts.
British Dictionary definitions for goulash


Also called Hungarian goulash. a rich stew, originating in Hungary, made of beef, lamb, or veal highly seasoned with paprika
(bridge) a method of dealing in threes and fours without first shuffling the cards, to produce freak hands
Word Origin
C19: from Hungarian gulyás hus herdsman's meat, from gulya herd
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Word Origin and History for goulash

1866, from Hungarian gulyáshús, from gulyás "herdsman" + hús "meat." In Hungarian, "beef or lamb soup made by herdsmen while pasturing."

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Encyclopedia Article for goulash

traditional stew of Hungary. The origins of goulash have been traced to the 9th century, to stews eaten by Magyar shepherds. Before setting out with their flocks, they prepared a portable stock of food by slowly cooking cut-up meats with onions and other flavourings until the liquids had been absorbed. The stew was then dried in the sun and packed into bags made of sheep's stomachs. At mealtime, water was added to a portion of the meat to reconstitute it into a soup or stew.

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