Meaning of pho in English:


Pronunciation /fəː/


mass noun
  • A type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added.

    ‘Moving on to the main course, the beef pho was pretty average.’
    • ‘Afterwards, we had pho at Hoi An, a Vietnamese restaurant in Tribeca.’
    • ‘I order a seafood roll and a beef pho.’
    • ‘Just a few years ago a waitress approached me as I was eating pho, a kind of noodle soup.’
    • ‘I pedal steadily towards the next town and the next bowl of pho.’
    • ‘Chopsticks and a spoon are used to eat the pho.’
    • ‘I learned to love cilantro and discovered during staff meals the pleasures of bahn mi and pho.’
    • ‘But I did enjoy my Vietnamese bowl of pho, which I ate entirely with chopsticks.’
    • ‘We had pho, again, narrowing it down.’
    • ‘Anyhow, the encounter was pleasant and random and then it was time for pho and movie plans.’
    • ‘I would not start with pho, which takes hours.’
    • ‘Just when you think you've mastered massive Asian beef soups with all the pho you've been eating - voilà, something utterly surprising.’
    • ‘When she was an adolescent, during Vietnam's famine years, pho was an unaffordable luxury.’
    • ‘As penance, I intend to make an actual pho sometime in the upcoming months.’
    • ‘There is more pho, more Laos coffee and a lot more smiles.’
    • ‘We tried the vegetarian pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup, and were pleased with hot, clear broth.’
    • ‘Jenni's pho, by virtue of its unusually heady, deep-toned broth, stands as a serious soup on its own.’
    • ‘Chicken pho fared better, though it, too, could have used a few fresh greens.’
    • ‘Note that their pho is chicken broth based, not beef based, but it works.’
    • ‘I yearn to taste Vietnamese pho as good as I ate at Pho Pasteur in Saigon.’


Vietnamese, perhaps from French feu (in pot-au-feu).