Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

curry

play
verb cur·ry \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

Definition of curry

curriedcurrying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to clean the coat of (as a horse) with a currycomb

  3. 2 :  to treat (tanned leather) especially by incorporating oil or grease

  4. 3 :  beat, thrash

currier noun
curry favorMiddle English currayen favel to curry a chestnut horse
  1. :  to seek to gain favor by flattery or attention



Origin of curry

Middle English currayen, from Anglo-French cunreier, correier to prepare, curry, from Vulgar Latin *conredare, from Latin com- + a base of Germanic origin; akin to Gothic garaiths arrayed — more at ready


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Equestrian Terms


2

curry

noun cur·ry \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

Simple Definition of curry

  • : a food, dish, or sauce in Indian cooking that is seasoned with a mixture of spices

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of curry

plural curries

  1. 1 :  a food, dish, or sauce in Indian cuisine seasoned with a mixture of pungent spices; also :  a food or dish seasoned with curry powder

  2. 2 :  curry powder

Examples of curry in a sentence

  1. We had chicken curry for dinner.

  2. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of curry.



Variants of curry

also currie play \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

Origin of curry

Tamil kaṟi (or a cognate word in a Dravidian language)


First Known Use: 1681


3

curry

verb cur·ry

Definition of curry

curriedcurrying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to flavor or cook with curry powder or a curry sauce



1839

First Known Use of curry

1839


Curry

play
biographical name Cur·ry \ˈkər-ē, ˈkə-rē\

Definition of Curry

  1. John Steuart 1897–1946 Am. painter






Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up curry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1926873504

Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?

gregarious flashy tetchy superficial
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ