pot-au-feu

If dinner tonight will be beef stew, you can make it sound fancier by calling it pot-au-feu, which means the same thing in French.

This loan from French is almost always a good response to the question "what's for dinner," since its literal meaning is only "pot on the fire." In practice, pot-au-feu designates a stew, and it joins the list of dishes whose names are drawn from their cooking vessels or implements. Hot pot is surely a relative!

Definitions of pot-au-feu
  1. noun
    traditional French stew of vegetables and beef
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    type of:
    stew
    food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
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