French Cookery. a highly seasoned stew of meat or fish, with or without vegetables.
verb (used with object), ragouted [ra-good] , ragouting [ra-goo-ing] .
to make into a ragout.

1650–60; < French ragoût, derivative of ragoûter to restore the appetite of, equivalent to r(e)- re- + á (< Latin ad to) + goût (< Latin gustus taste)

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ragout (ræˈɡuː)
1.  a richly seasoned stew of meat or poultry and vegetables
vb , -gouts, -gouting, -gouted
2.  (tr) to make into a ragout
[C17: from French, from ragoûter to stimulate the appetite again, from ra-re- + goûter from Latin gustāre to taste]

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Word Origin & History

1656, from Fr. ragoût (1642), from M.Fr. ragoûter "awaken the appetite," from O.Fr. re- "back" + à "to" + goût "taste," from L. gustum (nom. gustus); see gusto.
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Example sentences
Instead, he fashioned a version that included not mere gravy, but an elk ragout with nibbles of elk meat.
We prepared a main course of smoked ribeye steak with pinto bean chipotle ragout with whipped sweet potatoes and fall vegetables.
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