Definition of moules marinière in English:

moules marinière

(also moules à la marinière)

plural noun

  • Mussels served in their shells and cooked in a wine and onion sauce.

    • ‘Cook the clams in wine as described in the recipe for moules à la marinière until the shells open (you can use ½ wine / ½ water, or all water for a more economical dish).’
    • ‘My foodie partner-in-crime had moules marinière from the starter menu as a main course.’
    • ‘I did manage 472 pieces of sushi, seven bowls of moules marinière (two of which came up again), and 3.7kg of salmon, (which didn't).’
    • ‘We fell upon our potted shrimps and moules marinière with little slurpings, gasps and squeals of delight.’


French, literally ‘mussels in the marine style’.


moules marinière

/ˌmuːl marɪnˈjɛː/