1. Fran·çois Re·né [frahnswa ruhney] /frɑ̃ˈswa rəˈneɪ/, Vicomte de,1768–1848, French author and statesman.
  2. (lowercase) a thick slice of tenderloin, broiled and served with potatoes and a sauce, often a béarnaise sauce.


  1. François René (frɑ̃swa rəne), Vicomte de Chateaubriand. 1768–1848, French writer and statesman: a precursor of the romantic movement in France; his works include Le Génie du Christianisme (1802) and Mémoires d’outre-tombe (1849–50)
  2. a thick steak cut from the fillet of beef

“grilled beef steak, garnished with herbs,” 1877, named, for some reason, for French writer François René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand (1768-1848).

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