Definition of aspic in English:



  • A savory jelly made with meat stock, set in a mold and used to contain pieces of meat, seafood, or eggs.

    ‘chicken in aspic’
    figurative ‘a world preserved in aspic, far removed from mass unemployment’
    • ‘For the basil aspic: In a small saucepan, add tomato water and gelatin and let set for two minutes.’
    • ‘So, what did larks' tongues in aspic really taste like?’
    • ‘It may be a repeat of the breakfast menu or include cold fresh water fish, aspic dishes, and cooked vegetable salads.’
    • ‘I love to eat it cold with a spoon, but one day I'll make a molded, ladies-lunch aspic.’
    • ‘She wouldn't dare miss a dinner date with this all-star cast… even though she never liked aspic.’
    • ‘The array of homemade treats continues with veal aspic, red beans, eggplant caviar, as well as different variations on dumplings like pelmeni, pierogis, and vareneki.’
    • ‘It begins with cold entrees with choices of tuna, smoked eel, Norwegian salmon or soufflé of Siam bay rock lobster in light fennel aspic and saffron sauce.’
    • ‘There are nine choices, generally around 140 baht, and include home made duck pate, deep fried prawns in a dill sauce and home made beef in aspic on tomatoes and cucumber vinaigrette.’
    • ‘With many names - Jell-O, aspic, jelly, gelee and so on - gelatin has an identity of its own.’
    • ‘There was a particular emphasis on ready-to-eat luxury dishes such as game in aspic jelly and truffled pheasant, by royal appointment.’
    • ‘On the 1933 and 1936 expeditions, ‘there were plenty of gourmet treats such as quails in aspic, Carlsbad plums and champagne.’’
    • ‘The aspic was soft, and studded with cubes of short rib and foie gras, which melted with the cream when you stirred them.’
    • ‘He helps his famously slimmed-down boss stay that way by mixing protein supplements into sauces and preparing waist-conscious meals such as vegetables in aspic and pomegranate sorbet.’
    • ‘Beef stroganoff, stuffed crêpes, a meat and vegetable stew called tchanaki, veal aspic, red beans and eggplant caviar round out the options.’
    • ‘Then dribble over a little warmed thick stock or aspic which will cool and jellify.’
    • ‘The pate was more like a terrine, with two very thick slices, which were exceptionally good, great flavour, and with the aspic and green peppercorns on the side all adding to the taste experience.’
    • ‘We decided we to take a chance on the jar of Petrossian whole goose foie gras in aspic with port wine.’
    • ‘Do you remember cheese and pineapple on a stick or, worse still, those nibbles set solid with half a pig's foot of aspic?’
    • ‘In the kitchen, things which may need clarification are stock, clear soup, aspic, jelly, etc.’
    • ‘He came back with an armload of ready-to-eat goodies, bone-in ham and duck terrine and delicious eggs in aspic and cheese and freshly baked bread, which we served with a simple salad with toasted pumpkin seeds.’


Late 18th century: from French, literally asp from the colors of the jelly as compared with those of the snake.