Definition of soupçon in English:


Pronunciation /so͞opˈsoN/ /supˈsõ/

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in singular
  • A very small quantity of something.

    ‘ a soupçon of mustard’
    • ‘But any Ramsay conversation involves the full set of verbal condiments being thrown in the pot: a liberal sprinkling of both laughter and earnestness; a soupçon of vulnerability; and a generous slosh of anger and unpredictability.’
    • ‘A soupçon of dignity and a bit of self-knowledge is part of growing up and growing old, and probably needs applying to how one dresses as much as everything else.’
    • ‘Including Russia (but not China or France) in the ruling committee might impart just the right soupçon of anti-Americanism to the new organization, which must be credible yet not intractable’
    • ‘After mornings spent kicking and screaming in ‘the club’, we spent our afternoons on outings combining lots of fresh air and a soupçon of educational merit.’
    • ‘Allan listened intently, sometimes requesting a soupçon of elaboration, and considered all this for some moments.’
    • ‘Whether there's prize money at stake, or just pride, you just need some scientific wisdom and a soupçon of common sense.’
    • ‘That's why I contend, with just a soupçon of exaggeration, that Britain's big choice will be made on May 29.’
    • ‘He served up a wicked sense of humour with a soupçon of self-deprecation as he regaled the crowd with assorted tales.’
    • ‘The pursuit of filthy lucre, and a soupçon of booze, had created constant inspiration.’
    • ‘In Cairo, the Egyptian court evoked the glitter and splendor of the oriental fairy tales, with perhaps a soupçon of Versailles.’
    • ‘However, more skilful growers and more determined winery owners have pushed several recent examples to heights heretofore not achieved, often with a stiffening soupçon of Cabernet Sauvignon.’
    • ‘The new director tries to square the circle by holding onto the buzz created by Ellis's woman-hating bloodfest while adding a soupçon of satire.’
    • ‘Even when a play is fantastic or absurd, it needs to have a soupçon of credibility to go with the three-dimensional flesh-and-blood actors.’
    • ‘But a soupçon of moral outrage may do France, and the world, some good.’
    • ‘Your thinking has a soupçon of immaturity and indecision to it.’
    • ‘If Red Sox fans have made themselves too much at home in masochism, Yankee fans need a soupçon of humility.’
    • ‘There may even be a soupçon of self-importance to her insistence that the honorific be used.’
    • ‘He is insouciant, cultured and full of Gallic flair, with a soupçon of je ne sais quoi.’
    • ‘As with anyone who appears on television by choice, it would be churlish not to own up to at least a soupçon of vanity.’
    • ‘And you can sense in him now that soupçon of defeat, a feeling that his life, by the narrowest margin, has failed in its trajectory.’
    small portion, small piece, piece, portion, segment, section, part


Mid 18th century French, from Old French souspeçon, from medieval Latin suspectio (see suspicion).