One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A mixture of vegetables or fruit cut into small pieces.‘seared sea bass fillet with a macédoine of turnips and carrots’
mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybridView synonyms
- ‘These carrots are used in macédoines, vegetable medleys, etc.’
- ‘A macédoine is usually served cold but may be flambéed at room temperature with extra liquor.’
- ‘Another worthy choice was the brace of quail: two whole birds, deboned and stuffed with a macédoine of corn, rice, onion and ground Tasso ham.’
- ‘Almost any cold cooked vegetables on hand may be used for a macédoine salad, and if care is taken in arrangement, they make a very attractive dish.’
2A medley or mixture of unrelated things.‘a macédoine of disjointed detail’
- ‘Lucette sings bagatelles about them and so is called ‘a macédoine of naïveté and cunning.’’
- ‘Ethel 'delighted in a life which was made up of a macédoine of governors, artists and writers'.’
- ‘Whether her plats du jour were serious, light or a macédoine of flavourings, she approached them all with equal dedication, scholarship, insight and erudition.’
French, literally ‘Macedonia’, with reference to the mixture of peoples in the Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great.
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