Definition of mulligatawny in US English:


(also mulligatawny soup)


  • A spicy meat or chicken soup originally made in India.

    as modifier ‘mulligatawny soup’
    • ‘If we look back on the Raj experience we find that we have inherited so many things like the English language and beer, Parliament and tiffin, education system and mulligatawny soup, judiciary and red tape.’
    • ‘It is most often used to flavor mulligatawny soup.’
    • ‘After weeks of sunshine, a cyclonic storm had hit the previous night, laying great trees to waste and stirring the seas to the consistency of mulligatawny.’
    • ‘Well-priced lunch items include an appealingly peppery mulligatawny soup, the appetizer of the day and basmati rice.’
    • ‘All of which makes this new soup and juice bar in Edinburgh's William Street an extremely diverting place to enjoy a cup of gourmet mulligatawny or a cappuccino.’
    • ‘The appetizers were well-prepared: the West Coast salad, consisting of mussels with a cold seafood salad centre, was tasty and interesting, and the mulligatawny soup was clearly homemade, although it was a bit tame.’
    • ‘I swear Jane, you're thicker than Mom's mulligatawny soup.’
    • ‘A little coy now, Alicia sat down on the edge of her mother's bed and began haltingly, ‘Well… we had mulligatawny soup to start with, veal cutlets and leeks au gratin as a main course, Baked Alaska for dessert, followed by coffee.’
    • ‘Only a tin of mulligatawny soup has saved me from immeasurable personal pain.’


From Tamil miḷaku-taṇṇi ‘pepper water’.