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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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The movement, however, is perceptible, and once this fact is established I can let the pottage simmer.
What was his "mess of pottage" to the birthright that the other had preserved?
But he who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage existed, and Judas Iscariot existed, and Castlereagh existed, and this man exists!'
By Saint Hubert, thou hadst best save thy breath to cool thy pottage, else it may scald thy mouth."
Fear!--that legacy of the Wild which no animal may escape nor exchange for 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.
A message, a thought, a sincerity, a glance from him, I want, but not news, nor pottage. I can get politics and chat and neighborly conveniences from cheaper companions.
They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage. They must also be extraordinarily stupid.
Paul Moreton, the channel head of UKTV Food, added, "Although British eating habits have obviously changed over the years, this study shows that home cooked dishes like pancakes and pottage have been passed down from generation to generation." Narrowly missing the top 10 were custards - invented by the Romans - mince pies and meat pies.: Some of the recipes our hungry ancestors ate:Nettle pudding 1 bunch of sorrel 1 bunch of watercress 1 bunch of dandelion leaves 2 bunches of young nettle leaves Some chives 1 cup of barley flour 1 tsp salt Chop the herbs finely and mix in the barley flour and salt.
His widow Lindsay, of Old Brighton Road, Pease Pottage, West Sussex, was in court in London to hear Mr Justice Richards sanction the payout by Railtrack, which admitted liability.
Alan Pottage's ISTC electronics union has hundreds of members at the plant.
In the Book of Genesis, Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.