Vol-au-vent meaning

vôlō-väɴ
A light pastry shell filled with a ragout of meat or fish.
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A baked shell of puff pastry, filled as with chicken, game, or fish in a cream sauce.
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A small canapé - circular pieces of puff pastry with a small hole which accommodates various fillings, such as mushrooms, prawns, fruit, cheese, etc.
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Origin of vol-au-vent

  • French vol flight au with the vent wind

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French vol-au-vent (“windblown") literally, "flight in the wind"

    From Wiktionary