noun, cin·na·mon often attributive \ˈsi-nə-mən\

: a sweet spice made from the bark of an Asian tree and used in cooking and baking

Full Definition of CINNAMON

a :  any of several Asian trees (genus Cinnamomum) of the laurel family
b :  an aromatic spice prepared from the dried inner bark of a cinnamon (especially C. zeylanicum); also :  the bark
:  a light yellowish brown
cin·na·mony \-mə-nē\ adjective

Origin of CINNAMON

Middle English cynamone, from Anglo-French, from Latin cinnamomum, cinnamon, from Greek kinnamōmon, kinnamon, of non-IE origin; akin to Hebrew qinnāmōn cinnamon
First Known Use: 14th century

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CINNAMON Defined for Kids


noun cin·na·mon \ˈsi-nə-mən\

Definition of CINNAMON for Kids

:  a spice that is made from the fragrant bark of a tropical Asian tree and is used especially in cooking and baking
Medical Dictionary


noun , cin·na·mon often attrib \ˈsin-ə-mən\

Medical Definition of CINNAMON

:  any of several Asian trees of the genus Cinnamomum
a :  the highly aromatic bark of a cinnamon that yields cinnamaldehyde and other aromatic products in the form of cinnamon oil—see chinese cinnamon b :  an aromatic spice prepared from the dried inner bark of a cinnamon (especially C. zeylanicum)
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