Definition of tureen in English:



  • A deep covered dish from which soup is served.

    • ‘There were dishes of varying vegetables all steaming temptingly, and tureens of leek and potato soup.’
    • ‘Here, you'll salivate over robust noodle dishes laced with shrimp, onions and won tun, served in steaming tureens.’
    • ‘Last night in Central Market while I waited for one of the ‘foodies’ to refill the beef and barley soup tureen I watched two immaculately suited and coifed little old ladies dole out broccoli and cheese soup.’
    • ‘Kit grinned, and pulled a tureen of brown liquid toward her.’
    • ‘Spoon some shellfish meat and vegetables into six small soup tureens and cover with some of the bisque.’
    • ‘The fish are rapidly boiled in an aromatic broth and are removed to a platter; the broth is served in a tureen.’
    • ‘Dishes and tureens were produced in great quantities at a fraction of their cost in silver.’
    • ‘The casual tabletop setting features a soup tureen as a container for potted plants.’
    • ‘All our dishes came with tureens of fresh red cabbage, new potatoes, sauté potatoes, carrots and broccoli.’
    • ‘Maybe we should come back for the Sunday lunch of two meats served with a tureen of fresh seasonable vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding for just £4.95.’
    • ‘Moments later Pamela was struggling with a heavy tureen into the dining room, doing her best to appear to make light of the burden.’
    • ‘After the salads comes a selection of different breads, then three large clay pot tureens of soup.’
    • ‘Soon the waiters were ladling soup from their tureens.’
    • ‘The tureen of gazpacho was perfectly chilled, with a smooth texture and refreshing tomato and cucumber flavours.’
    • ‘Still doubtful, Meybodi grabbed a piece of fruit from a wooden tureen sitting on the nearby coffee table.’
    • ‘A few minutes later, a silver tureen was set in front of me.’
    • ‘The top price in the sale is likely to be achieved by his stylish Hukin and Heath electroplated soup tureen and cover circa 1880.’
    • ‘The soup arrived in a steaming tureen, accompanied by a separate plate full of tender pork, salted duck egg, crispy pak choi, sliced carrot and Chinese mushroom.’
    • ‘The platter held a tureen in the shape of a wild boar's head.’


Mid 18th century: alteration of earlier terrine, from French terrine (see terrine), feminine of Old French terrin ‘earthen’, based on Latin terra ‘earth’.