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A fish stew that is cooked in a wine sauce.
[French, from matelot, sailor, from Old French matenot, sailor, bunkmate, possibly from Middle Dutch mattenoot (perhaps from matte, bed from Late Latin matta; see mat1 + noot, fellow) or from Old Norse mötunautr, messmate (mata, food, mess + nautr, companion).]
matelote(ˈmætəˌləʊt; French matlɔt) or
(Cookery) fish served with a sauce of wine, onions, seasonings, and fish stock
[C18: from French, feminine of matelot sailor]
a fish stew made with wine.
[1720–30; < French, derivative of matelot matelot]