English base goulash

Dictionary entry: goulash


Senior Member
American English
My understanding -- from having traveled to Hungary five or six times -- is that goulash (spelled gulyas) is the Hungarian national dish!

So why write "Eastern European" when the dish is so identified with Hungary? (I know that the Austrians love goulash, too -- but they picked it up during the times of the "Austro-Hungarian empire.")
  • DrD

    Senior Member
    Dictionary Editor
    England English

    Thank you for your message. The definitions in our bilingual dictionaries are really only there to guide the translators and to help users identify the sense of the word they are looking for. However, we do try to make them as accurate as we can, and I see that most dictionaries say goulash is Hungarian, so I've changed it. It will appear the next time the dictionaries are updated (at which point, I look forward to getting a message from someone saying "Goulash isn't only Hungarian!" :D).