Definition of 'saffron'

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Example sentences containing 'saffron'

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The scent of saffron risotto as it is boiling off at the end. The Sun (2013)The trifle with rhubarb and blood orange with saffron cake was superb. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Season and stir in the saffron and rice. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Mix the olive oil and saffron strands together in a wide dish. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Because it is kept freshly painted in its bright saffron robes it is impossible to divine its age. Page, Russell The Education of a Gardener (1994)The saffron risotto was absolutely fine. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Add rice and saffron and stir. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Stir in the coriander, saffron and chilli. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Meanwhile, place the saffron threads in a small bowl with a pinch of salt. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Pound chopped garlic to a rough paste with a pinch of salt, saffron and chilli. Times, Sunday Times (2014)From his saffron robe he withdrew a container of petrol, which he poured over himself. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Pour over the boiling soup, then the olive oil and saffron strands. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Spread all the saffron risotto over, and top with the remaining aubergine slices. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Lush alpine meadows combine with soaring peaks, splashed with the saffron colours of swaths of birch trees. Times, Sunday Times (2008)A genuine autumn flower that can still be seen is the meadow saffron. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Instead of half a chicken stock cube I added a hint of chilli and saffron to lift the flavours. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Return to the pan with the stock, saffron and squeezed orange juice, stirring until simmering. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Add the saffron threads to the small pan, or bowl, and heat until hot but not boiling. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Add the wine to the orange and saffron mix, then stir in the ginger, apricot and biscuit crumbs. Times, Sunday Times (2006)

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Translations for 'saffron'

British English: saffron /ˈsæfrən/ NOUN
Saffron is a yellowish-orange powder obtained from a flower and used to give flavour and colouring to some foods.
  • American English: saffron
  • Arabic: زَعْفَرَان
  • Brazilian Portuguese: açafrão
  • Chinese: 藏红花
  • Croatian: šafran
  • Czech: šafrán
  • Danish: safran
  • Dutch: saffraan
  • European Spanish: azafrán
  • Finnish: sahrami
  • French: safran
  • German: Safran
  • Greek: σαφράν
  • Italian: zafferano
  • Japanese: サフラン
  • Korean: 사프란
  • Norwegian: safran
  • Polish: szafran
  • European Portuguese: açafrão
  • Romanian: șofran
  • Russian: шафран
  • Spanish: azafrán
  • Swedish: saffran
  • Thai: ผงสีเหลืองอมส้มทำจากดอกโครคัส
  • Turkish: safran
  • Ukrainian: шафран
  • Vietnamese: cây nghệ tây


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