Etymology
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saute (n.)

"a dish cooked by being fried in a pan over high heat," 1813, from French sauté, literally "jumped, bounced" (in reference to tossing continually while cooking), past participle of sauter "to jump," from Latin saltare "to hop, dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). As an adjective, "fried quickly," from 1869. As a verb from 1859. Related: Sauteed. French saut also was borrowed 19c. as a ballet term.

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Definitions of saute
1
saute (v.)
fry briefly over high heat;
saute the onions
2
saute (n.)
a dish of sauteed food;
3
saute (adj.)
fried quickly in a little fat;
Synonyms: sauteed
From wordnet.princeton.edu