Main definitions of curry in English

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curry1

noun

  • A dish of meat, vegetables, etc., cooked in an Indian-style sauce of strong spices.

    ‘we went out for a curry’
    ‘a beef curry’
    [mass noun] ‘she wouldn't eat curry’
    • ‘There was enough beef left for a curry or a tagine, but I didn't have the time for developed flavours.’
    • ‘The lamb curry and vegetable biryani that followed suffered by comparison, seeming just a little vague and hesitant.’
    • ‘Go to someone's home when they've offered to cook a curry and there's something slightly wrong about it all.’
    • ‘Vegetables which I bring home to cook authentic Thai curries are full of spice and aroma.’
    • ‘We go to eat at a vegetarian curry house in the Indian neighbourhood; on the street people hang out in front of the Bollywood cinema.’
    • ‘Malays eat rice with fish or meat curry and vegetables cooked in various ways.’
    • ‘When I first visited I was eating the curry and naan with my fingers and Munir, the owner, asked me where I was from.’
    • ‘There are over 150 recipes, including a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable curries and other spiced dishes.’
    • ‘Lunch consists of rice served with vegetable and meat curries and sauces such as sambol, a spicy mixture of grated coconut and chili, peppers, pickles, and chutneys.’
    • ‘Side dishes range from boiled vegetables with a piece of dried fish to fried and stewed dishes including meat curries.’
    • ‘The foods served in the Balti pan are freshly cooked aromatically spiced curries.’
    • ‘It is generally acknowledged that Thai curries burn the palate intensely, but briefly, whereas other curries, with strong spices, burn for longer periods.’
    • ‘He orders the Kukhurako maasu, which is a chicken curry cooked with vegetables.’
    • ‘Sampling my companion's chicken korma dish - a mild curry with almond sauce and coconut butter, I was very impressed.’
    • ‘Nutritionally spiced up with vegetable curry, I see this as a decent compromise when convenience is key.’
    • ‘They can be used interchangeably to complement curries and simply cooked meats, fish, and poultry, such as in our chicken salad.’
    • ‘Next week they'll be serving up sushi, oysters, satays, vegetarian and meat curries.’
    • ‘The traditional Sri Lankan meal is served with all dishes on the table at once: rice, fish and meat curries, soup, vegetables and accompaniments.’
    • ‘The royal dish is prepared by cooking a mixture of rich meat or vegetable curry with partially cooked rice.’
    • ‘My mother was at her wits end with lentil bakes and vegetable curries.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Prepare or flavour with a sauce of hot-tasting spices.

    ‘curried chicken’
    • ‘Huge oysters, terrifyingly substantial octopus tentacles, lightly curried saffron prawns and lobster, crayfish and crab meat, cod fillet and winkles.’
    • ‘The chef chooses quality and safe cuts of beef from Australia to prepare Western and Asian dishes that are curried, barbecued, braised, grilled, roasted or stewed.’
    • ‘They tend to be curried in a rich brown rendang style sauce.’
    • ‘We found the other local favourite, curried conch (a sort of giant sea snail), less to our liking.’
    • ‘The food, however, was fully seasoned with Trini herbs and spices, revellers enjoyed Dhal pourie, paratha, curried mango, aloo and channa, and lots of Trinidadian sweet bread.’
    • ‘Whether baked, barbecued, curried, grilled, stewed, or stir-fried, shrimp are palate pleasers throughout the Western world.’
    • ‘Ortanique makes a mango-papaya salsa that goes on our West Indian curried crab cakes.’
    • ‘Suggestions for fillings include curried chicken salad, or any other sandwich filling or vegetable combination.’
    • ‘Salted fish, curried goat, and jerk chicken also are popular.’
    • ‘Secular and religious holidays are occasions for the preparation of special foods, with fish soup and dumplings, peas and rice, salt fish, stewed mutton, curried goat and grilled local fish preferred.’
    • ‘Meat and fish were curried or peppered in order to preserve them and we picked the abundant fruit that grew in our garden.’
    • ‘If sampling spicy foods like curried goat or beef patties ask about the spice content or you might need a fire extinguisher to cool your scalding tongue.’
    • ‘Can you blame me when I've been accustomed to egg sandwiches, cold pizza, sausage rolls and curried rice masquerading as ‘party food’ all my life!’
    • ‘Meat and poultry eaters can select from succulently prepared lamb chops, curried or stir fried chicken, baby back ribs and beef tenderloin.’
    • ‘Inside a long, high room, on mustard and black linens, sits a bowl of gently curried cream of carrot soup.’
    • ‘He loves preparing and cooking fresh fish, and one of his favourite dishes to prepare is lightly curried line fish in mango butter, topped with a mango and macadamia nut pesto.’
    • ‘Yesterday they had leg of lamb, escovitched chicken and curried mutton, and I had some of each.’
    • ‘We went to a restaurant for Christmas lunch because I can only do pasta and Dad can only do curried sausages and Marianne can only do cereal.’
    • ‘Foods that seemed to elicit symptoms included citrus fruits, dairy, pork, tomatoes, pineapple, shellfish, spiced or curried foods, apples, grapes, and melon.’
    • ‘Some are broth based, others cream based, almost all have curried meat or seafood.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Tamil kaṟi.

Pronunciation:

curry

/ˈkʌri/

Main definitions of curry in English

: curry1curry2

curry2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1North American Groom (a horse) with a curry comb.

    ‘I was brushing and currying the horse’
    • ‘Wiping sweat from his face at the end of class, he led the horse to his stall, giving him a good rubdown and currying his mane and tail as well as brushing his body.’
    • ‘Heaven help the poor kid who had to go in there, muck the floor, and curry the horse.’
    • ‘Every horse and mule when in use is curried in the morning before taken from the stable and at 12 o'clock; also at night when they appear unusually sweaty and fatigued.’
    • ‘With superb quickness she curried off the horse, who's winter coat had yet to shed out.’
    • ‘Now he had to curry all the horses, and to clean out their shoes.’
    groom, untangle, disentangle, smooth out, straighten, arrange, neaten, tidy, dress, rake
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  • 2historical Treat (tanned leather) to improve its properties.

    ‘I made the deer's hide be curried and dressed by a tanner’
    • ‘Also, while it sounds like curried grain leather would work, I cannot find it used in this context, so I can't recommend it either.’
    • ‘The hide was first stretched on a variety of different frames, depending on the type of leather to be curried.’
  • 3archaic Thrash; beat.

    ‘he swore he would curry his hide’

Phrases

  • curry favour

    • Ingratiate oneself with someone through obsequious behaviour.

      ‘a wimpish attempt to curry favour with the new bosses’
      • ‘I've got to start currying favour with him pronto.’
      • ‘But for the man still in the post, the players have to place demands on themselves and not be overly concerned about doing the outgoing coach a favour or currying favour with his eventual replacement.’
      • ‘The frenzy to pass as many Section 140 motions as possible in advance of the June 11 elections is all about currying favour with voters.’
      • ‘Of course, Lance has never been one to curry the favor of critics.’
      • ‘In the name of promoting sales through currying favour with the right people, some business people throw lavish dinners.’
      • ‘That pair are gearing up for their own preselections and currying favour with the party faithful.’
      • ‘Young chefs at Oakbank School have been currying favour with teachers to raise cash for charity.’
      • ‘It just strikes me as currying favour again in a specific kind of way.’
      • ‘Conversely, but equally false, is the image of a toady who curries favor from higher-ups or someone who twists self-sacrifice into a self-serving art form.’
      • ‘In addition, exorbitant spending aimed at currying favor with buyers or government officials has naturally brought about the rapid growth of the pleasure-seeking industry and the underground economy.’
      blandishments, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, compliments
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French correier, ultimately of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

curry

/ˈkʌri/