ca·​lo·​ric | \ kə-ˈlȯr-ik How to pronounce caloric (audio) \

Definition of caloric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a supposed form of matter formerly held responsible for the phenomena of heat and combustion
2 archaic : heat



Definition of caloric (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to heat
2 : of, relating to, or containing calories

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Other Words from caloric


calorically \ kə-​ˈlȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce caloric (audio) \ adverb

Examples of caloric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The caloric breakdown: Each piece of candy corn has 4 calories, according to Jelly Belly. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 Replacing a carbohydrate-rich food with the caloric equivalent of an avocado at breakfast can help improve blood glucose levels, according to one study. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 3 Oct. 2021 In the developing world, caloric and protein intake generally need to rise to reach nutritious levels, which may increase some waste across the system. Chad Frischmann, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 These particles provide no caloric value and can contain toxic chemicals. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 6 June 2019 YorkTest's report says some of the burgers may surpass some people's daily caloric allowance. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Walking with a pushcart produced roughly the same caloric output and being accompanied by a caddie burned 621 calories. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Most vegan soft serve is coconut- or cashew-based, which Landon says can be caloric and high in fat. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 13 July 2021 DeChambeau and his booming drives, caloric intakes, and general I’m-smarter-than-you scientific approach to the game turn off purists., 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of caloric


1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caloric


French calorique, from Latin calor

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The first known use of caloric was in 1792

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“Caloric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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ca·​lo·​ric | \ kə-ˈlȯr-ik, -ˈlōr-, -ˈlär-; ˈkal-ə-rik How to pronounce caloric (audio) \

Medical Definition of caloric

1 : of or relating to heat
2 : of or relating to calories

Other Words from caloric

calorically \ kə-​ˈlȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē, -​ˈlōr-​, -​ˈlär-​ How to pronounce caloric (audio) \ adverb

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