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[pyoo-rey, -ree, pyoo r-ey] /pyʊˈreɪ, -ˈri, ˈpyʊər eɪ/
a cooked food, especially a vegetable or fruit, that has been put through a sieve, blender, or the like.
a soup made with ingredients that have been puréed.
verb (used with object), puréed, puréeing.
to make a purée of.
Also, puree.
Origin of purée
1700-10; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of purer to strain, literally, make pure; see pure Unabridged
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Examples from the web for puree
  • Soak the ancho peppers in boiling water, puree and strain them.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with plum puree or jam on the side.
  • For the finest texture, puree the soup in batches in a blender.
  • Place four-quart soup pot over medium heat and melt butter then add onion puree and simmer for four minutes.
  • Then came the pork, placed beside the puree, a thick red-wine sauce drizzled below and around them.
  • Fresh pumpkin puree is the base for a richly flavored pumpkin soup.
  • Expect the likes of smoked beef tongue with chickpea puree and pickled shallots, and garlic beef tartare under a crusty pastry.
  • Allow to cool, then fold the puree into whipped cream.
  • puree the rest in a food processor, adding several tablespoons of the cooking liquid as needed.
  • If the mixture seems too thick, stir in more tomato puree or water.
British Dictionary definitions for puree


an unleavened flaky Indian bread, that is deep-fried in ghee and served hot
Word Origin


a smooth thick pulp of cooked and sieved fruit, vegetables, meat, or fish
verb -rées, -réeing, -réed
(transitive) to make (cooked foods) into a purée
Word Origin
C19: from French purer to purify
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Word Origin and History for puree

1934, from puree (n.). Related: Pureed.

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