calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie | \ ˈka-lə-rē How to pronounce calorie (audio) , ˈkal-rē \
variants: or less commonly calory
plural calories

Definition of calorie

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius : 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body
b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

Examples of calorie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ellipticals in particular are especially poor at gauging your calorie burn accurately. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 Dobrev has since started pursuing more entrepreneurial endeavors, including partnerships with HUM Nutrition and launching a new low-calorie wine brand, Fresh Vine, with Julianne Hough. Rachel King, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2022 Deeply depressed, the man embarks on a desperate mission to save the business and starts selling low-calorie sweets, as well as hiring refugees to work in the factory. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 La Gioiosa winery, founded in 1974 by the Moretti Polegato family, continues to innovate with low-calorie prosecco, organically farmed prosecco and environmentally friendly production methods. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The other main culprit—popular in low-sugar, sugar-free, or low-calorie protein bars—is sugar alcohols. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 7 Jan. 2022 Some low-calorie versions may substitute yogurt for some or all of the fatty mayo and sour cream. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Jan. 2022 Pears are a low-calorie, fat-free and sodium-free treat all on their own. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 5 Dec. 2021 Some of those ideals encourage men to limit their calorie count, but others do the opposite and encourage excessive workouts, overloading protein and heavily restricting nutrients like fats and carbs, Murray said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of calorie

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for calorie

French calorie, from Latin calor heat, from calēre to be warm — more at lee

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“Calorie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calorie. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for calorie

calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie | \ ˈka-lə-rē How to pronounce calorie (audio) , ˈkal-rē \

Kids Definition of calorie

1 : a unit for measuring heat equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius
2 : a unit of heat used to indicate the amount of energy foods produce in the human body that is equal to 1000 calories

calorie

noun
cal·​o·​rie
variants: also calory \ ˈkal-​(ə-​)rē How to pronounce calorie (audio) \
plural calories

Medical Definition of calorie

1a : the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules abbreviation cal

called also gram calorie, small calorie

b : the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to 1000 gram calories or 3.968 Btu abbreviation Cal

called also kilocalorie, kilogram calorie, large calorie

2a : a unit equivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food when oxidized in the body
b : an amount of food having an energy-producing value of one large calorie

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