• feminine The main course or courses of a dinner consisting usually of a proteinaceous part such as meat, game, fish or pulses, with or without accompaniments, but complete with one of the classic white or brown sauces and garnish. Served hot or cold but if there are two dishes, the hot is served first.
  • feminine Traditionally, a dish forming a complete course in itself without accompaniments, served between the fish course and the roast


  • noun the main course in a meal, e.g. fish or meat, or a vegetarian dish
  • noun formerly, a dish of meat served after the fish course and before the main course in a formal meal