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1. A thick soup or stew of vegetables and sometimes meat.
2. Archaic Porridge.

[Middle English potage, from Old French, from pot, pot; see potiche.]


(Cookery) a thick meat or vegetable soup
[C13: from Old French potage contents of a pot, from pot pot1]


(ˈpɒt ɪdʒ)

a thick soup made of vegetables, with or without meat.
[1175–1225; Middle English potage < Old French; see pot1, -age]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pottage - a stew of vegetables and (sometimes) meat
stew - food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
2.pottage - thick (often creamy) souppottage - thick (often creamy) soup    
soup - liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food
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So saying, he gathered together, and brought to a flame, the decaying brands which lay scattered on the ample hearth; took from the larger board a mess of pottage and seethed kid, placed it upon the small table at which he had himself supped, and, without waiting the Jew's thanks, went to the other side of the hall; whether from unwillingness to hold more close communication with the object of his benevolence, or from a wish to draw near to the upper end of the table, seemed uncertain.
They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage.
In truth, those who desired, according to the old adage, to sell anything valuable for a song, might find customers all over the Fair; and there were innumerable messes of pottage, piping hot, for such as chose to buy them with their birthrights.
The movement, however, is perceptible, and once this fact is established I can let the pottage simmer.
By Saint Hubert, thou hadst best save thy breath to cool thy pottage, else it may scald thy mouth.
that legacy of the Wild which no animal may escape nor exchange for pottage.
A message, a thought, a sincerity, a glance from him, I want, but not news, nor pottage.
But he who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage existed, and Judas Iscariot existed, and Castlereagh existed, and this man exists
Town hall numpties are selling the people's birthright for a mess of pottage.
FACTUAL Kate Humble finds out how bean pottage was made in Tudor times and Raymond Blanc (below with Kate) makes a vegetable bean chilli, complete with raw cacao.
KEW ON A PLATE BBC2 9pm Kate Humble (right) finds out how bean pottage was made in Tudor times and Raymond makes a vegetable bean chilli, complete with raw cacao.
New options that advance current therapies are increasingly important as patients and clinicians consider HIV care over the long term, said Dr John Pottage, Chief Medical Officer, ViiV Healthcare.