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noun choc·o·late \ˈchä-k(ə-)lət, ˈchȯ-\

Simple Definition of chocolate

  • : a food that is made from cacao beans and that is eaten as candy or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods

  • : a candy made or covered with chocolate

  • : a dark brown color

Full Definition of chocolate

  1. 1 :  a beverage made by mixing chocolate with water or milk

  2. 2 :  a food prepared from ground roasted cacao beans

  3. 3 :  a small candy with a center (as a fondant) and a chocolate coating

  4. 4 :  a brownish gray

chocolate adjective

Examples of chocolate

  1. The cake recipe calls for four squares of chocolate.

  2. She gave me a box of chocolates for my birthday.

Origin of chocolate

Spanish, from Nahuatl chocolātl, probably alteration of eastern Nahuatl dialect chikolātl, from chikolli hook (probably used to refer to the beater used to mix chocolate with water) + ātl water, liquid

First Known Use: 1604

CHOCOLATE Defined for Kids


noun choc·o·late \ˈchä-kə-lət, ˈchä-klət, ˈchȯ-\

Definition of chocolate

  1. 1 :  a food prepared from ground roasted cacao beans

  2. 2 :  a candy made or coated with chocolate

  3. 3 :  a beverage of chocolate in water or milk <… he ordered … a pot of coffee and another of chocolate. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>

chocolate adjective <chocolate ice cream>

History for chocolate

The word chocolate, like chili and tomato, comes from an American Indian language called Nahuatl, which was spoken in central Mexico at the time of the Spanish conquest. The Nahuatl word chocolātl looks like a compound, but its parts are not known for certain, and this has led to much discussion about its origin. One interesting idea is that the real source is chicolātl, a Nahuatl dialect word, made from chicolli, “hook”—here referring to the small hooked stick used to beat chocolate and hot water to a froth—and ātl, “liquid, water.”

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