Definition of sauerbraten in US English:



North American
  • A dish of German origin consisting of beef that is marinated in vinegar with peppercorns, onions, and other seasonings before cooking.

    ‘specialities include schnitzel and sauerbraten’
    count noun ‘a change from heavy sauerbratens, these veal balls are light’
    as modifier ‘sauerbraten sandwiches’
    • ‘The reality, of course, is that it's often lonely in those fancy hotels or in restaurants chowing down sushi or sauerbraten on your own.’
    • ‘It needs time to marinate, like ceviche or kimchee or sauerbraten.’
    • ‘She's seen the world: skateboarded Puerto Rico, surfed the Maldives, snowboarded everywhere from Chile to Japan, and turned her mostly vegetarian nose up at sauerbraten and liver all over Europe.’
    • ‘The traditional German restaurant, serving schnitzel, bratwurst, knackwurst, sauerbraten, and large quantities of beer, is rapidly disappearing in Germany.’
    • ‘Cinnamon and allspice chime in a thin, sweet-sour broth that has something in common with sauerbraten or the darker moles.’


From German, from sauer ‘sour’ + Braten ‘roast meat’.