sauté

[soh-tey, saw-]
adjective
1.
cooked or browned in a pan containing a small quantity of butter, oil, or other fat.
verb (used with object), sautéed [soh-teyd, saw-] , sautéing [soh-tey-ing, saw-] .
2.
to cook in a small amount of fat; pan-fry.
noun
3.
a dish of sautéed food.

Origin:
1805–15; < French, past participle of sauter to jump (causative: to toss) < Latin saltāre, frequentative of salīre to jump

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sauté (ˈsəʊteɪ)
 
vb , -tés, -téing, -téeing, -téed
1.  to fry (food) quickly in a little fat
 
n
2.  a dish of sautéed food, esp meat that is browned and then cooked in a sauce
 
adj
3.  sautéed until lightly brown: sauté potatoes
 
[C19: from French: tossed, from sauter to jump, from Latin saltāre to dance, from salīre to spring]

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sauté
1813, from Fr. sauté, lit. "jumped, bounced" (in reference to tossing while cooking), pp. of sauter "to jump," from L. saltare "to hop, dance," freq. of salire "to leap" (see salient).
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Example sentences
Saute alligator meat in a small amount of olive oil until tender, and set aside.
Heat the butter in a large skillet and saute the shallots until they are soft.
Saute the bread slices on both sides until they are golden.
Add the roasts without crowding the skillet and saute on one side for three
  minutes, until well browned.
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