Definition of couscous in US English:

couscous

noun

  • 1A type of North African semolina in granules made from crushed durum wheat.

    • ‘Recipes often involve corn, rice, and couscous (crushed grain, especially a certain type of wheat) as a starchy base.’
    • ‘For a complete meal, serve this savory dish with brown rice, quinoa or whole-wheat couscous, and steamed green beans.’
    • ‘Other memorable dishes are eel with onions and raisins; couscous where the grain is barley, not wheat; and a vermicelli cooked in a rich and tasty sauce.’
    • ‘Stuff with couscous mixed with orange juice, paprika, cayenne, cumin, garlic, parsley, diced prunes and pinenuts.’
    • ‘The midday and evening meals may consist of rice or couscous with sauce (often peanut) and/or vegetables.’
    • ‘Place the couscous and icing sugar in a large heatproof bowl.’
    • ‘There are lots of modest veggie dishes that I prepare for lunch or dinner, such as stuffed pepper with couscous, mushroom and coriander or a lump of Wensleydale on toast.’
    • ‘I chose the tabbouleh salad, a tangy mixture of tomatoes, onions, parsley and couscous.’
    • ‘I got plain white rice to soak up the stew, while my companion opted for attiéké, which is similar to North African couscous except that it's made with manioc instead of semolina.’
    • ‘Add aromatic herbs and seasonings to cooking liquid when you prepare lentils, beans, couscous or rice (try fresh thyme for a taste of Provence or lemongrass for an Asian accent).’
    • ‘For this fast and satisfying menu, we add spices, canned tomatoes, and shelf-stable couscous to give convenient ingredients a Moroccan flair.’
    • ‘Precooked and ready to eat in minutes, couscous is the fast food of grains.’
    • ‘Swap instant brown rice or whole-grain couscous for white rice in pilafs and stuffings.’
    • ‘It stresses wheat, in the form of bread or couscous, olives and olive oil, meat (above all, mutton), fruit, and vegetables.’
    • ‘Serve hot or warm with bread, couscous or steamed rice and a good dollop of yoghurt.’
    • ‘Smeeda or large grain semolina flour is the grain of choice to make couscous.’
    • ‘Serve with a salad of potatoes, rice, couscous or green leaves.’
    • ‘The salads featured haricot and broad beans as well as couscous, brown rice and a green salad.’
    • ‘Great with rice, couscous, or mashed potatoes.’
    1. 1.1 A spicy dish made by steaming or soaking couscous and adding meat, vegetables, or fruit.
      • ‘I had the pan-fried sea bass with pine nut couscous, chilli syrup and cashew nut pesto for €20.’
      • ‘Her vegetable studded couscous arrives in a straw tagine called a tbak, which sits like a tableside footstool.’
      • ‘This spice mix has its origins in Tunisia and is used in couscous, meat dishes and some tagines.’
      • ‘A few days later, I followed the dream's instructions, and brought these fish and nectarine skewers to life, served with herbed couscous and a nectarine chutney.’
      • ‘The chicken is delicately spiced and served with a griddled vegetable couscous.’
      • ‘They're great as dips or racy condiments for the various couscous and tagine entrées.’
      • ‘The national dish of Algeria is couscous, steamed semolina wheat served with lamb or chicken, cooked vegetables, and gravy.’
      • ‘Dinner each night will be different but typically Moroccan cuisine such as couscous or a meat and vegetable stew, with beer, wine or water, followed by Moroccan mint tea.’
      • ‘Toss fresh or dried berries into savory dishes such as salsas, salads, pilafs and couscous.’
      • ‘To serve, spoon the vegetable couscous in the center of a soup plate, arrange some rabbit loin, rabbit saddle, and kidneys on top, and garnish with tarragon.’
      • ‘Food is everything from Moroccan-themed couscous and chicken tagines, to burgers and special veggie dishes.’
      • ‘The lamb was accompanied by an eggplant caviar, curried Israeli couscous and crab apple almond salad.’
      • ‘To serve, arrange some vegetable couscous and hearts of palm in the center of a plate and set two tilapia fillets on top.’
      • ‘The veggie and non-veggie versions were identical, save for the beef in the meat couscous, and the vegetables included zucchini, carrot, cabbage and big beefy lima beans.’
      • ‘Cuisine is North African couscous and tagines of course, and belly dancers and Berber drums provide extra entertainment.’
      • ‘Poached salmon with Bearnaise sauce, potato salad, spicy couscous, green salad, washed down with my contribution, a bottle of Chardonnay.’
      • ‘Is couscous the trendy dish of the new millennium?’
      • ‘For once, the side vegetables were worth eating: cumin-spiced carrot under a breadcrumb crust, roast jacket spuds and minty couscous and broccoli salad.’
      • ‘Small and sleek, it offers exceptional sushi and sashimi, plus specialities such as swordfish tandoori and calamari stuffed with curried couscous.’
      • ‘Working on a Scottish theme, they smoked the salmon in oak sawdust and served it with wilted spinach, a carrot and coriander purée and raisin and herb couscous.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from French, from Arabic kuskus, from kaskasa ‘to pound’, probably of Berber origin.

Pronunciation

couscous

/ˈko͞osˌko͞os//ˈkusˌkus/