Definition of courgette in English:



  • A zucchini.

    • ‘Others were picking spinach, potting up tomato seedlings and re-sowing courgette seeds the first batch of which had germinated poorly.’
    • ‘Mine was a large piece of pink salmon on a bed of spinach, topped with red and green sauce and matchsticks of courgette.’
    • ‘They then managed to make their way to Europe and its modern ancestor has stemmed such varieties as the zucchini or courgette.’
    • ‘Stir-fry for three minutes then add the asparagus and courgette.’
    • ‘Each tray contains two flavours, such as apple and pear or sweet potato and courgette, for a choice of colours and textures.’
    • ‘Cut turkey into even, bite-sized pieces; slice courgettes and corn into thick slices, and remove calyx from tomatoes.’
    • ‘A side order of courgette fritters might have been more delicately and less greasily battered but this too was enjoyable in a chipshop way.’
    • ‘This was roasted fennel, courgette and Brie on ciabatta together with tomato and greenery.’
    • ‘Add the asparagus, courgette and peas and cook for a further 3-4 mins.’
    • ‘I do love making soup and today's - minted courgette and lentil - could be seen to be a success.’
    • ‘And their crispy shards of battered courgette are to die for.’
    • ‘My soup was laden with cream and had fresh courgette, broccoli and runner beans bobbing to the surface which added to the satisfying flavour.’
    • ‘For the main course, tuck into some of Greece's favourite vegetables, tomatoes, spinach and zucchini or courgettes.’
    • ‘Now's the time for fresh, fragrant courgette flowers, purple basil, miniature lemons - everything becomes lighter and tastier, and we know summer is fast approaching.’
    • ‘We began with an antipasto platter of prosciutto di parma, buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, courgette, peppers and aubergine.’
    • ‘There was a nice waxy potato and onion gratin, stir-fried savoy cabbage, sweet roast carrots, quite acceptable courgette and mangetout.’
    • ‘This was absolutely first rate, with a substantial portion of sweetly caramelized cheese on freshly cooked strips of red pepper, courgette and aubergine.’
    • ‘The other soup was crab with fish stock and courgette, but it lacked any real punch.’
    • ‘The olives were few and ice cold, as well as the peppers and courgette.’
    • ‘I have purchased two grow bags and have sown the seeds of courgette, tomato and aubergine within them.’


1930s: from French, diminutive of courge gourd from Latin cucurbita.