Definition of pho in English:



  • [mass noun] A type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added.

    • ‘Anyhow, the encounter was pleasant and random and then it was time for pho and movie plans.’
    • ‘Just when you think you've mastered massive Asian beef soups with all the pho you've been eating - voilà, something utterly surprising.’
    • ‘Chicken pho fared better, though it, too, could have used a few fresh greens.’
    • ‘Chopsticks and a spoon are used to eat the pho.’
    • ‘Note that their pho is chicken broth based, not beef based, but it works.’
    • ‘Moving on to the main course, the beef pho was pretty average.’
    • ‘But I did enjoy my Vietnamese bowl of pho, which I ate entirely with chopsticks.’
    • ‘We had pho, again, narrowing it down.’
    • ‘When she was an adolescent, during Vietnam's famine years, pho was an unaffordable luxury.’
    • ‘We tried the vegetarian pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup, and were pleased with hot, clear broth.’
    • ‘I pedal steadily towards the next town and the next bowl of pho.’
    • ‘As penance, I intend to make an actual pho sometime in the upcoming months.’
    • ‘I learned to love cilantro and discovered during staff meals the pleasures of bahn mi and pho.’
    • ‘I yearn to taste Vietnamese pho as good as I ate at Pho Pasteur in Saigon.’
    • ‘I order a seafood roll and a beef pho.’
    • ‘Just a few years ago a waitress approached me as I was eating pho, a kind of noodle soup.’
    • ‘I would not start with pho, which takes hours.’
    • ‘Jenni's pho, by virtue of its unusually heady, deep-toned broth, stands as a serious soup on its own.’
    • ‘Afterwards, we had pho at Hoi An, a Vietnamese restaurant in Tribeca.’
    • ‘There is more pho, more Laos coffee and a lot more smiles.’


Vietnamese, perhaps from French feu (in pot-au-feu).