from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thick soup or stew of vegetables and sometimes meat.
  • n. Archaic Porridge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick soup or stew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of food made by boiling vegetables or meat, or both together, in water, until soft; a thick soup or porridge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dish consisting of meat boiled to softness in water, usually with vegetables; meat-broth; soup.
  • n. Oatmeal or other porridge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stew of vegetables and (sometimes) meat
  • n. thick (often creamy) soup


Middle English potage, from Old French, from pot, pot; see potiche.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, Old French potage, from pot + -age. (Wiktionary)



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