1 piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid [syn: sops]
2 a concession given to mollify or placate; "the offer was a sop to my feelings"
3 a prescribed procedure to be followed routinely; "rote memorization has been the educator's standard operating procedure for centuries" [syn: standing operating procedure, standard operating procedure, standard procedure]
1 give a conciliatory gift or bribe to
2 be or become thoroughly soaked or saturated with a liquid [syn: soak through]
3 dip into liquid; "sop bread into the sauce"
4 mop so as to leave a semi-dry surface; "swab the floors"
5 become thoroughly soaked or saturated with liquid
6 cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face" [syn: drench, douse, dowse, soak, souse] [also: sopping, sopped]
- Rhymes: -ɒp
- water with soap, usually to wash clothes
- the sea in terms of somebody who will sail on it
A sop is a piece of bread or toast with which liquid food of some sort is soaked up and then eaten. In medieval cuisine the sop was one of the most common dishes. It was composed of various liquids such as wine, soup or broth served with bread that was meant to be picked apart to soak up the food. At elaborate feasts bread was often pre-cut into finger-sized pieces rather than broken off by the diners themselves. The modern term for soup is directly derived from the sop.
In modern English, the word has also taken on the meaning of a pitiful offering after much suffering.
- Adamson, Melitta Weiss (2004) Food in Medieval Times ISBN 0-313-32147-7
sop in Spanish: Sop
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