Definition of flambé in English:

flambé

adjective

  • 1postpositive (of food) covered with spirits and set alight briefly.

    ‘crêpes flambé’
    • ‘‘Excuse me,’ Armand spoke up, ‘I can make an ice cream flambé.’’
  • 2Denoting or characterized by a lustrous red copper-based porcelain glaze with purple streaks.

verbflambés, flambéed, flambéing

[with object]
  • Cover (food) with spirits and set it alight briefly.

    • ‘Another evening, I watch as a waiter flambés my seafood in Madeira wine with delicious results.’
    • ‘The recipe called for the meat to be flambéed in brandy at one point.’
    • ‘Then the hunks of bacon kicked in, along with the caramelized onion and the dusky tones of the brandy with which the beef chunks had been flambéed.’
    • ‘For the more adventurous, there's banana flambéed in tequila to set your mouth on fire.’
    • ‘Return the chicken to the pan, flambé with brandy, add the Marsala and cream.’

Origin

Late 19th century French, literally ‘singed’, past participle of flamber, from flambe ‘a flame’.

Pronunciation

flambé

/ˈflɒmbeɪ/