Definition of goulash in English:



  • 1mass noun A highly seasoned Hungarian soup or stew of meat and vegetables, flavoured with paprika.

    • ‘The menu is mostly traditional, but includes some interesting starters such as Hungarian goulash, roll mops and the old reliable shrimp cocktail.’
    • ‘Customers also like strategically placed info screens that, by reading bar codes, can print out a recipe for beef goulash or tell you the ingredients of a jar of baby food.’
    • ‘I went for the vegetable spicy goulash on Basmati rice.’
    • ‘But I live by the maxim of ‘when in Rome do as the Romans’, and in Hungary that means dipping into the local delicacies of goulash and fish soup.’
    • ‘Several soups are on offer including chicken and goulash.’
    • ‘Almost every culture eventually developed distinct conventions, from the fiery curries of India to paprika-permeated goulash in Hungary.’
    • ‘The boy piped up since Stella's mouth was full of goulash.’
    • ‘By this time, we have finished our first course and the goulash arrives.’
    • ‘We began with soups, with a Hungarian goulash for me and a French onion for Madame.’
    • ‘As the crowd tucked into tasty chicken and mushroom balls and delicious goulash the sound of the piano added to the occasion.’
    • ‘Anyway, I can announce that my beef goulash was quite nice.’
    • ‘In fact, one of the best places for goulash, in either soup or stew form, is at the Fakanal restaurant on the first floor of the market hall.’
    • ‘The soup changes each week, and on our visit it was a pork goulash.’
    • ‘The pungent little pepper is king of the Hungarian kitchen and seasons the distinctive goulash, a national dish in either its soup or its stew form.’
    • ‘Since the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Austrians have incorporated goulash into their menu.’
    • ‘Jax took a forkful of the goulash into his mouth.’
  • 2(in informal bridge) a further deal of the four hands after no player has bid.


From Hungarian gulyás-hús, from gulyás ‘herdsman’ + hús ‘meat’; goulash (sense 2) (dating from the 1920s) is an extended use.