How do you pronounce magret?
March 21, 2010 1:00 PM Subscribe
How do you pronounce magret
posted by languagehat to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Magret is the breast of a mallard or Barbary duck; it's lean, hence the name (from French maigre). As a French word, it's pronounced /ma'gre/ (mah-GREH), and I would expect the English loan word to be pronounced similarly (mah-GRAY or muh-GRAY). However, the only printed source I have that gives a pronunciation says MAY-gray ("long a" in both syllables, stress on the first). This seems odd to me, so I would like very much to know how you say it or have heard it said, if you have professional experience with the term (e.g., have worked in the food industry, for Gourmet magazine, etc.). No guesses, please, I can make my own!