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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.
1700-10; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of purer to strain, literally, make pure; see pure Unabridged
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Examples 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
1707, from Fr. purée "pea soup" (puree de pois, 1314), perhaps from pp. of purer "to strain, cleanse," from L. purare "purify," from purus (see pure). The verb is first attested 1934, from the noun.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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