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sauté

[soh-tey, saw-] /soʊˈteɪ, sɔ-/
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-] /soʊˈteɪd, sɔ-/ (Show IPA),
sautéing
[soh-tey-ing, saw-] /soʊˈteɪ ɪŋ, sɔ-/ (Show IPA)
2.
to cook in a small amount of fat; pan-fry.
noun
3.
a dish of sautéed food.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < French, past participle of sauter to jump (causative: to toss) < Latin saltāre, frequentative of salīre to jump
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British Dictionary definitions for sauteing

sauté

/ˈsəʊteɪ/
verb -tés, -téing, -téeing, -téed
1.
to fry (food) quickly in a little fat
noun
2.
a dish of sautéed food, esp meat that is browned and then cooked in a sauce
adjective
3.
sautéed until lightly brown: sauté potatoes
Word Origin
C19: from French: tossed, from sauter to jump, from Latin saltāre to dance, from salīre to spring
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Word Origin and History for sauteing

saute

n.

1813, from French sauté, literally "jumped, bounced" (in reference to tossing continually while cooking), past participle of sauter "to jump," from Latin saltare "to hop, dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). As an adjective, "fried quickly," from 1869. As a verb from 1859. Related: Sauteed.

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