Definition of rissole in US English:



  • A compressed mixture of meat and spices, coated in breadcrumbs and fried.

    • ‘He said she would demand that the leftovers from Sunday lunch were recycled during the week, for the creation of dishes such as cottage pie and rissoles.’
    • ‘Enjoy a free steak or rissole sandwich then stay around for street entertainment.’
    • ‘Place the rissoles in the pan and slightly flatten them, then cook gently’
    • ‘If he had to take over tonight he'd probably cook ‘something pretty simple’ like rissoles and mashed potato.’
    • ‘I started cooking tea just before it started and had to run into the kitchen and turn over the rissoles and run back into the lounge room so I wouldn't miss any of the show.’


Early 18th century: from French, from Old French dialect ruissole, from a feminine form of late Latin russeolus ‘reddish’, from Latin russus ‘red’.