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Inherited from Middle French bœuf, from Old French buef, boef, from Latin bovem (ox), from Proto-Italic *gʷōs, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷṓws.

The music sense derives from the expression faire un Bœuf, after the Parisian cabaret-bar Le Bœuf sur le toit where jam sessions were held.[1]


  • IPA(key): /bœf/
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  • Rhymes: -œf


bœuf m (plural bœufs)

  1. ox
  2. beef
  3. (music) jam session
    faire un bœufto have a jam session
  4. (Quebec, slang, derogatory) a police officer; a pig
    • 1996, Chrystine Brouillet, C'est pour mieux t'aimer, mon enfant, →ISBN, page 79:
      "T’as peut-être fait quelque chose de croche. Si toi tu le sais pas, les bœufs le savent, eux."
      "Maybe you did something wrong. Even if you don't know, the pigs will."

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  1. ^ Daniella Thompson (accessed February 7, 2017), “How the Ox got its name, and other Parisian legends”, in The Boeuf chronicles, Pt. 5[1]

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Middle French[edit]


From Old French buef, boef, from Latin bos, bovem.


bœuf m (plural bœufs)

  1. ox (animal)