French fries

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French fries (American English, sometimes capitalized[2]), fries,[3] or French-fried potatoes are thin strips of deep-fried potato.[4] Americans often refer to any elongated pieces of fried potatoes as fries, while in other parts of the world, most notably the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand, long, thinly cut slices of fried potatoes are called fries to distinguish them from the thickly cut strips called chips.[5] French fries are known as frites or pommes frites in French, a name which is also used in many non-French-speaking areas, and have names that mean "fried potatoes" or "French potatoes" in others.

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Etymology

Thomas Jefferson at a White House dinner in 1802 served "potatoes served in the French manner".[6][7][8] In the early 20th century, the term "French fried" was being used in the sense of "deep-fried," apart from potatoes, for foods such as onion rings or chicken.[9][10]

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