Definition of goulash in US English:



  • 1A highly seasoned Hungarian soup or stew of meat and vegetables, flavored with paprika.

    • ‘The soup changes each week, and on our visit it was a pork goulash.’
    • ‘The boy piped up since Stella's mouth was full of goulash.’
    • ‘Anyway, I can announce that my beef goulash was quite nice.’
    • ‘We began with soups, with a Hungarian goulash for me and a French onion for Madame.’
    • ‘But I live by the maxim of ‘when in Rome do as the Romans’, and in Hungary that means dipping into the local delicacies of goulash and fish soup.’
    • ‘By this time, we have finished our first course and the goulash arrives.’
    • ‘As the crowd tucked into tasty chicken and mushroom balls and delicious goulash the sound of the piano added to the occasion.’
    • ‘Customers also like strategically placed info screens that, by reading bar codes, can print out a recipe for beef goulash or tell you the ingredients of a jar of baby food.’
    • ‘I went for the vegetable spicy goulash on Basmati rice.’
    • ‘In fact, one of the best places for goulash, in either soup or stew form, is at the Fakanal restaurant on the first floor of the market hall.’
    • ‘The menu is mostly traditional, but includes some interesting starters such as Hungarian goulash, roll mops and the old reliable shrimp cocktail.’
    • ‘Several soups are on offer including chicken and goulash.’
    • ‘The pungent little pepper is king of the Hungarian kitchen and seasons the distinctive goulash, a national dish in either its soup or its stew form.’
    • ‘Since the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Austrians have incorporated goulash into their menu.’
    • ‘Almost every culture eventually developed distinct conventions, from the fiery curries of India to paprika-permeated goulash in Hungary.’
    • ‘Jax took a forkful of the goulash into his mouth.’
  • 2(in informal bridge) a redealing of the four hands (unshuffled, with each hand arranged in suits and order of value) after no player has bid. The cards are usually dealt in batches of five, five, and three, and the resulting hands may have very uneven distributions.


From Hungarian gulyás-hús, from gulyás ‘herdsman’ + hús ‘meat’; goulash (sense 2) (dating from the 1920s) is an extended use.