If a waiter brought a big, deep serving dish to your table, removed its lid, and began ladling soup into your bowl, you could confidently call the dish a tureen.

A tureen can be made out of earthenware or porcelain or even silver; the most famous tureen — or at least the most expensive — may have been an 18th century French model that was auctioned off in 1996 for more than ten million dollars.

Definitions of tureen

n large deep serving dish with a cover; for serving soups and stews

Type of:
serving dish
a dish used for serving food

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