Definition of cuisine in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment:

    ‘much Venetian cuisine is based on seafood’
    • ‘Her French / Indian fusion cuisine won her many devotees and glowing reviews in the American media.’
    • ‘During the trek the group stayed in four different lodges and ate simple, traditional Chinese cuisine.’
    • ‘Lunch and dinner serves original Japanese cuisine exclusively cooked by expert chefs who display their unique performances at your table.’
    • ‘You've tasted this intriguing cuisine in noodle houses and more formal Vietnamese eateries.’
    • ‘In South Indian vegetarian cuisine, milk products are not used much.’
    • ‘Garlic and olive oil typify the cuisine of both regions.’
    • ‘A full menu of authentic Cuban cuisine is available in the restaurant's dining room.’
    • ‘Until the 90s, fashionable restaurants offered French cuisine, which meant rich sauces.’
    • ‘I feel robbed that I didn't eat authentic Thai cuisine until the age of 27.’
    • ‘For instance, the Thai breweries organize a Beer Festival with plenty of traditional Thai cuisine to sample as well.’
    • ‘Yet, kosher did not alter Indian vegetarian cuisine in any way, he said.’
    • ‘Besides, almost every other country's cuisine has already had its moment on the front burner.’
    • ‘His knowledge of the cuisine of different regions of India is encyclopaedic.’
    • ‘Eating authentic Chinese cuisine is a cultivated taste and one worth exploring and learning.’
    • ‘We came here just to taste the Thai cuisine.’
    • ‘Basically your garbage pail is the hippest new fusion cuisine restaurant in town for ants.’
    • ‘The Moghul influence has also extended the rich and diverse cuisine of the country.’
    • ‘Civilizations that have remained relatively untouched by the ravages of war have invariably produced the finest cuisine in the world.’
    • ‘And going to a French restaurant in Atlanta is no guarantee that you will be served French cuisine.’
    • ‘People flowed to their seats with decorum eagerly anticipating the thrill of gourmet cuisine.’
    cooking, cookery, fare, food
    haute cuisine, cordon bleu, nouvelle cuisine
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    1. 1.1 Food cooked in a certain way:
      ‘we spent the evening sampling the local cuisine’
      • ‘The menu covers various international cuisines with emphasis on South American food.’
      • ‘There are also some side stations with some ethnic cuisines such as Thai, Italian and Japanese food.’
      • ‘But he was always glad to sample cuisines, from Cuban to Ethiopian, that were new to him.’
      • ‘In fact, Indian food isn't that far removed in essence from Italian, for both cuisines are dependent on contrasting ingredients.’
      • ‘Beetroot, dill and vodka are three typical ingredients used in the cuisines of eastern Europe.’
      • ‘I've been blessed by the fact that my job has allowed me to travel and sample cuisines from all over the world.’
      • ‘The owner thoughtfully provided a separate room for diners to sit down and enjoy the cuisine.’
      • ‘Nicer restaurants that feature local cuisine generally have smaller portions.’
      • ‘Our only real expenditure was enjoying leisurely drinks at cafes and sampling the local cuisine.’
      • ‘Besides the international cuisines, local dishes featured strongly on our menu.’
      • ‘How about tasting the tribal cuisine and relish those unique dishes rarely available outside?’
      • ‘Our awareness of ethnic cuisines has created a situation on our pantry shelves where we have a wider selection of ingredients than our mothers.’
      • ‘Johnny was in the kitchen, cooking an array of delectable cuisines.’
      • ‘Though the cuisines might satisfy the adventurous gourmets, still there were visitors looking out for traditional dishes.’
      • ‘To make them get along I would have to cook both their cuisines at the same time.’
      • ‘A range of ethnic cuisines is available nightly to be sampled around the tree - softened streets.’
      • ‘Students cooked up a variety of cuisines - Chinese and Mughlai to Continental and the good old South Indian fare.’
      • ‘Their food is the hottest among the four major cuisines of China.’
      • ‘World famous master chefs dish out exciting cuisines to satiate everybody's palette.’
      • ‘Developing an appreciative taste for minority cuisines may be an important first step toward combating hatred.’


Late 18th century: French, literally kitchen, from Latin coquina, from coquere to cook.